Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2017 08:18:49









THAT Mrs. V. K. Sasikala would be ultimately shown the door by the AIADMK was a foregone conclusion from the day political drama unfolded in Tamil Nadu soon after the death of the party supremo J. Jayalalithaa. So, there was hardly any surprise in the ouster of Mrs. Sasikala from the post of Interim General Secretary by the party’s General Council.

Jayalalithaa’s death had triggered a tug-of-war in the party with rival groups claiming to be her true political heirs and trying to control the party. Mrs. Sasikala staked claim on the basis of her ‘closeness’ to Jayalithaa. However,  there were several others who also claimed closeness to the departed leader.

Initially, Mrs. Sasikala upped the ante. But her imprisonment over corruption charges threw the party in further turmoil. Though she tried to control party affairs by naming her nephew Mr. Dhinakaran as Deputy General Secretary, the rival camps led by Mr. Palaniswami and Mr.  Panneerselvam joined hands against Mr. Dhinakaran. Ouster of Mrs. Sasikala was then only a matter of time.



THE Supreme Court has exhorted the Government to consider setting up of special fast track courts to expedite criminal cases pending against MPs and legislators. The highest court of the land has said that the Parliament has the competence to come up with a suitable legislation and necessary infrastructure to set up such courts for speedy disposal of cases against lawmakers. And there lies the trouble.

No Government in past has even thought of having such a provision for speeding up trials against lawmakers. Because, irrespective whichever party is in power, each one of them is besieged with the problem of some of their own people facing such cases. And therefore, there appears to be an unwritten consensus among parties not to take any steps to speed up trials against legislators and MPs. T

he irony hence is that, MLAs and MPs take full advantage of the over used dictum,  ‘innocent till found guilty,’ all parties nominate such leaders for fighting elections and allow them to retain their positions in Parliament and legislatures while  cases drag on for years.