Ever for the reason that dying of J Jayalalithaa in December 2016, Chennai has developed a penchant for midnight drama.
Or so it could appear.
The dying of former DMK chief M Karunanidhi and the following authorized wrestle for his burial in August 2018 concerned an all-night drama within the state’s politics that few would overlook.
Similarly, the disaster of AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam deepened on Wednesday midnight, forcing him to maneuver an pressing listening to towards a single-judge order refusing the postpone the Basic Council assembly tipped to raise Palaniswami because the chief of the occasion — versus the twin management construction adopted since Jayalalithaa died.
With all doorways shut for O Panneerselvam, his final resort was to problem the only bench order. Round 11.30pm, OPS and his crew sought an pressing listening to with a bench headed by Justice M Duraiswamy.
Even because the judges and counsels had been prepared by 1am, the listening to started solely round 2.45am because the case bundle was but to succeed in the choose’s residence from the Excessive Court docket. It could be famous that as per process, the attraction papers have to be filed within the registry, scrutinised and numbered.
Minimize to the residence of OPS: Over 20 cadre had been patiently ready on the entrance whereas OPS was taking relaxation on the second ground of the house and two of his loyalists — Manoj Pandian and R Vaithilingam — had been ready in one other room, monitoring the case.
Among the cadre gathered on the residence of OPS had been lashing out at EPS and chanted slogans like “God is with us” and “OPS Anna is the true chief”.
Even because the case was processing, the cadre milled about in tense anticipation, asking reporters for fixed updates. The listening to went on for over one-and-a-half hours; anybody would get stressed and the cadre had been no totally different. Hope, in suspended animation, was an excessive amount of to bear.
When the court docket handed an order restraining the Basic Council from taking any determination on single management, the cadre began celebrations at OPS’ residence. Extra loyalists began to reach on the residence. Many cadre hugged one another, distributed sweets and burst crackers within the wee hours.
OPS’ son arrived to congratulate his dad on this “victory”. OPS, who was until then taking relaxation, had quite a lot of guests ready to want him. A number of district secretaries and loyalists visited him at 5am. Some fell at his ft and greeted him with a scarf.
OPS advised .com: “I’ll attend the Basic council. I’ve to arrange a speech for the assembly now.”
For a person who had a lot stacked once more him, politically, it was a good break to what gave the impression to be one other day of rollercoaster political occasions. For Jayalalithaa’s Man Friday, it was a make-or-break day in politics.
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