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Sasikala convicted by Supreme Court: Here are the questions India is asking

While this does not bring the crisis in the AIADMK to an end, it does end Sasikala’s chances of becoming chief minister, at least for ten years from now.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: February 15, 2017 5:11 pm
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The verdict is out Sasikala Natarajan has been convicted in the Disproportionate Assets case involving J Jayalalithaa, her and other family members. While this does not bring the crisis in the AIADMK to an end, it does end Sasikala’s chances of becoming chief minister, at least for ten years from now. But the verdict does throw up a bunch of new questions, which we are sure everyone in India will be asking. We list them here.

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Who will become chief minister of Tamil Nadu?

This is the big question and we have no answers, except for the fact that it can’t be Sasikala. The top options are with O Panneerselvam continuing as chief minister or the AIADMK MLAs supporting Sasikala foisting a new leader from amongst them or outside. There is also the outside chance of the Governor recommending president’s rule.

 

What happens to Sasikala?

She has to surrender right away and will be sent to jail as soon as possible. She will have to serve a four-year term and will be not be able to contest elections for six years after that. This will prevent her from holding a government post for the said period.

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What happens to the MLAs?

This is the most interesting question. It needs to be seen how the legislators who have been supporting Sasikala react as they are without a leader. The closest they have to a leader is O Panneerselvam and he has always had the backing of J Jayalalithaa. If this becomes a rallying point for MLAs to line up behind the caretaker chief minister remains to be seen.

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Is the crisis in AIADMK over?

Far from it. In fact, the crisis has worsened and until a new leader emerges it might well be a free for all. The party could head for a split, unless O Panneerselvam or someone else takes charge and manages to hold the flock together.

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    Chander Pal
    Feb 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    We are being subjected to discuss whether sasikala can be cm or not. Questions which need to be answered (1) why 20 years delay(2) how high court overruled lower court (3) now whom to believe judgement of lower court or the high court (4) how soon that money come back to the tax net. (5) lastly people like sasikala should not only be arrested but also should not be allowed to take part in any election form.
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      Moon Moon
      Feb 14, 2017 at 11:10 am
      Next will the 2G thugs of Tamil Nadu go to jail and get disqualified?
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        Soundar
        Feb 14, 2017 at 9:58 am
        Why the Supreme is holding the verdict for more than six months? Can the Supreme Court will explain the reasons? If Jayalalitha was alive will the same type of punishment is out or will they delay further?
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          SubbuI
          Feb 14, 2017 at 9:54 am
          FOLLOWINGARECTHE QUESTIONS INDIA ASKS AFTER SASIKALA CONVICTED BY SUPREME COURTlt;br/gt;1)WHEN SUPREME COURT IS GOING TO HEAR STATE APPEAL AGAINST AQUITAL OF ROUGE SALMAN KHAN IN DRUNCK DRIVIND CASE WHEN PEOPLE WERE MOWED DOWNAND UPHOLD SESSIONS COURT VERDICTlt;br/gt;2),WHEN NALAYAKNMODI, THE SAFFRON DICTATOR. MAUT HI SAUDAGAR. BUTCHER OF GUJARATH. JAWAN KHOON KI AND DEMONETASATION KILLER WILL BE CONVICTED AND JAILED?
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            ak dev
            Feb 14, 2017 at 10:17 am
            It's the failure of Indian justice system that Jaylalitha who was corrupt had been allowed to rule Tamilnadu and given a face mask of innocent.
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