9 Key Events That Defined the Politics of Tamil Nadu in 2017

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The 12 months 2017 has been an motion-packed one for Tamil Nadu politics.(Picture: PTI)
From mass actions to desertions to rebellions, 2017 has been an motion-packed calendar year for Tamil Nadu politics. Here’s a listing of 9 major occasions that defined the politics of the condition this calendar year.

1. Pro-Jallikattu Protests

The year began off with a mass motion across Tamil Nadu to protest from the 2014 Supreme Courtroom ban on Jallikattu, the traditional bull taming activity of the point out. Jallikattu is held in the course of the harvest pageant of Pongal in the Tamil month of Thai.

The mass protests, which commenced off in Alanganallur – the so-named hometown of Jallikattu, culminated at Chennai’s Marina beach on seventeen January with above three,000 protesters shouting slogans via the night time.

The student-led protests have been not only substantial for getting tranquil and spurred on by social media, but also resulted in a Jallikattu law.

2. Stalin Appointed Functioning President of DMK

With rumours of the deteriorating overall health of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi doing the rounds over the final two several years, the DMK, in its basic council assembly in January, appointed MK Stalin as the functioning president of the get together.

Even though Karunanidhi had named Stalin as his political heir four years back in 2013, this announcement manufactured it official that Stalin, who is also the Chief of the Opposition in the condition Assembly, will effectively be the party’s main ministerial candidate. The ascension of Stalin, who has been ready in the wings for 28 a long time, marks the rise of the second generational management in the DMK as properly as in Tamil Nadu politics.

3. OPS Rebellion In opposition to Sasikala

Inside of a couple of several hours of J Jayalalithaa’s dying on 5 December 2016, O Panneerselvam took oath as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He resigned two months afterwards in order to make way for Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala. The Governor, who experienced acknowledged OPS’ resignation, experienced appointed him caretaker CM so as to not trigger a management vacuum in the point out. Nevertheless, on the evening of 7 February 2017, OPS sat in meditation in entrance of Jayalalithaa’s memorial, pursuing which he announced to the push that he was forced to resign.

OPS’ major cost was towards Sasikala, who he claimed was unhappy with the good function completed for the duration of December’s Cyclone Vardah.
This triggered months of rift in the AIADMK, triggering the get together to break up into two factions for the RK Nagar by-election: Edappadi Palaniswami’s AIADMK (Amma) and OPS’ AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma).

For a man who experienced toed the party line for as lengthy as he had been in the party, even serving as interim Chief Minister when Jayalalithaa was jailed twice, this was a highly unusual go. Considering that Jayalalithaa herself had not appointed a political heir in her life span, the rise up threw open up the mantle to anybody who needed to lay assert to her legacy.

This also introduced to fore fringe actors such a Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s niece who started out her possess social gathering, as effectively as TTV Dhinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, who contested as an unbiased in the RK Nagar bypoll.

four. Jayalalithaa and Sasikala convicted in the Disproportionate Property Scenario

In February this yr, the Disproportionate Property case, which experienced been plaguing the AIADMK’s graphic for eighteen a long time, ultimately came to an end with the conviction of Jayalalithaa as nicely as her shut aide VK Sasikala. The conviction not only introduced a ten-year ban to the political ambitions of Sasikala but, as the judgement famous, it also cements the legacy of Jayalalithaa, between other factors, as a corrupt politician and a corrupt main minister.

five. BJP in Tamil Nadu

Whether it was covertly engineering the reunion of the break up factions of the AIADMK or the Earnings Tax raids on homes of Sasikala’s relatives or even attempting to tap into the star electricity of Rajnikanth, the Bharatiya Janata Celebration at the Centre activated its satellite in the condition.

And the Tamil Nadu BJP, under Tamilisai Sounderrajan and H Raja, has been on overdrive to consider and woo the Dravidian populace of the state. Even so, if the current bypolls in RK Nagar are anything at all to go by, the BJP is even now yet to achieve a foothold in state.

6. NEET Test and a Girl's Suicide

The tragic suicide of medical aspirant Anitha more than the Countrywide Eligibility Entrance Take a look at shook the collective conscience of Tamil Nadu and infected the men and women above the state’s failure to safeguard learners underneath its own education and learning board.

The exam, which decides the dreams of countless numbers of health-related aspirants in the country, is created to privilege central boards in excess of the Tamil Nadu point out board. The point out wrecked the hopes of its students by neither revising the syllabus nor securing a deferral from the Central govt until the syllabus was revised.

seven. Video of Jayalalithaa in Clinic

In a very clear violation of privacy rights, TTV Dhinakaran’s supporter and disqualified AIADMK MLA P Vetrivel introduced a video clip displaying deceased chief minister Jayalalithaa in healthcare facility, a day before the RK Nagar by-election. While the clip alone was proof that Jayalalithaa was recovering before she eventually died of a cardiac arrest on 5 December 2016, the release of the video clip to the general public and the media was a blatant disregard of ethics.

Furthermore, the video clip of an ailing Jayalalithaa tarnished the graphic that the late leader experienced labored so tough to maintain during her life span.

eight. 2G verdict

A unique CBI courtroom in Delhi acquitted DMK’s A Raja and Kanimozhi, among other people, of all fees in the 2G spectrum case. The judgement stunned a region that had for 7 years considered that the UPA routine experienced been complicit in one particular of the premier corruption ripoffs in Indian historical past.

The verdict also signifies a far more well known part for DMK’s Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of party chief Kanimozhi.

nine. TTV’s RK Nagar Victory

Sasikala’s nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, received as an impartial candidate at the RK Nagar bypoll in December. The elections, which were cancelled in April in excess of widespread allegations of corruption, were carefully contested by the ruling AIADMK and the principal Opposition, the DMK.

Although the victory of TTV marked the entry of a Sasikala loved ones member into electoral politics, it was also an embarrassing defeat for the DMK that misplaced its deposit in the polls. With anger towards the ruling govt to tap into and the 2G verdict that arrived as a shot in the arm, the DMK unsuccessful to capitalise on any of the factors that could have worked in its favour.