Sunday, February 12, 2017


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 13,Feb 17,How far will she go?
This is with reference to the allegations between the Indian state of Tamil Nadu’s chief minister and their party’s General Secretary V. K. Sasikala (‘Uncertainty continues in Tamil Nadu’, Gulf News, February 9). The latter has got the party’s legislators’ support, which resulted in the resignation from the present chief minister. Subsequently, two days later, the chief minister who resigned claimed that under forced circumstances he had to tender his resignation. This is the latest dramatic development from Indian politics. Sasikala was a close associate of the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram and not holding any ministerial position at that time. Now she is claiming the party cadres and legislators want her to lead the state, which is having mixed reactions from the opposition parties and others since she does not have any experience on governance and since she has not won in the elections from any constituency. Similarly, in the state of Bihar, India, Rabri Devi also has no experience. Will Sasikala’s claim and confidence for the chair become a reality and will the election rules and formalities bypass her? We will have to wait and see.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

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