Already some fringe groups are up in arms against Rajinikanth, a non-Tamil, occupying the top post in the state. But his supporters point out that the Tamils are least bothered and point out that MG Ramachandran was a Malayali who was ruling the state as an undisputed leader till his death. Jayalalithaa was a Brahmin heading a Dravidian party.
With elections for Tamil Nadu assembly just eight months away, the DMK needed to fan the ‘Hindi imposition’ issue. The new National Education Policy and Kanimozhi’s purported exchange with a CISF officer provided an opportunity to do just that.
Modi was known to be a close friend of the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. She attended his swearing-in as the CM of Gujarat, and Modi also returned the courtesy. After becoming the PM he even visited her for a luncheon meeting.
Why did Jayalalithaa, who is credited with a sharp intellect, allow Sasikala Natarajan to have such a strong influence on her?
The five-time chief minister Jayalalithaa, the undisputed leader of the one of the two Dravidian parties which ruled the state since 1967, died leaving behind a vacuum in the political scene of Tamil Nadu.