It is tempting for the ruling party at the Centre to fish in the troubled waters of Tamil Nadu politics and hope to come up with a catch, following Sasikala's conviction by the Supreme Court and O Panneerselvam's claim to be chief minister being contested by a Sasikala nominee.
With Sasikala now behind bars, for the next three and a half year, Edappadi K Palaniswami has been called by the Governor and is likely to be sworn as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Thursday. However she was not invited the form the government and on Tuesday she was convicted by the Supreme Court in disproportionate assets case. All the convicted persons will have to serve the remaining part of the sentence. The governor gave Mr Palanisami 15 days to seek the vote of confidence of the Assembly.
"Palanaswami is likely to visit the prison on Friday along with his cabinet colleagues to take blessings of Chinnamma (Sasikala) before assuming charge", party's Karnataka unit Secretary V.A. Pugazhendi told reporters here.
Shortly after the oath, a group of supporters of the new chief minister stoned Panneerselvam's house to protest the presence of a number of backers of the former chief minister.
"If she has a plan B-projecting somebody else for the post of Chief Minister, she - will not succeed", Palaniswamy said. They then left for the resort in Kuvathur where the MLAs have been staying for over two weeks.
The bench held that though Sasikala and her relatives had claimed to have independent sources of income, the fact regarding setting up of these firms and acquisition of large tracts of land out of the funds provided by Jayalalithaa indicated that there was a conspiracy among them.
Minutes after after the apex court delivered the verdict, Sasikala went into a huddle with her MLAs to decide on the next steps. It is widely believed in the AIADMK circles that Pandiarajan is getting ready to get back to the Sasikala camp. A section of the AIADMK MPs who declared their support to Panneerselvam is of the view that a split in the party at this hour of crisis is suicidal as well as detrimental.
Edapadi K. Palaniswami, who will be the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, is a staunch loyalist of the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
He first entered the Tamil Nadu assembly in 1989 from Edapadi constituency and retained the seat in 1991.
But having become one, Palaniswami, in all probability, may remain a figure head and the reins of the state administration, for all practical purposes, would be with AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran.
They will highlight the appointment on key posts of members of Sasikala's family who had been expelled by Jayalalithaa. It is said that even before MGR's death, he had put up a separate party flag mast "honouring" Jayalalithaa across Edappadi.