Chennai: Finally, Edapadi K Palaniswami sailed through a trust vote despite all the uproar in the State Assembly. Violence was never new in the State Assembly proceedings. Today was no exception.
After all the 122 loyalists voted in favour of Edapadi K Palaniswami, Dissolve TN Govt started trending on Twitter. It is not just the public anger against the latest developments but also celebrities who are unhappy with the political turmoil in the state.
Actor Siddharth was the first to react. He took a jibe at both the Edapadi K Palaniswami faction and the DMK. In a series of tweets, Siddharth said, "Is there any hope left for #TamilNadu or are we destined to see only this low level politics and zero conscience leadership?
Reacting to the commotion inside the Assembly, he tweeted: "'Indha naadum naattumakkalum naasama pogattum' (Let the State and people of the State go to hell) This is what we all feel right now. Well played #dmk As opposition you owe the people this! And later he went on to say this:"Let even children see, hear and learn what is happening in the assembly in #TN. Make them understand. Shameful days for democracy!"
Siddharth did not stop with this. He also indirectly hinted at the fact that the new govt should not waste the taxpayers money. In his tweet, he said: "Give #Sasikala a laptop in jail. Save transport cost (our money) for #EKP and his gang for 4 years. Time to put more salt in our food #TN."
He is not the only celebrity to publicly voice his views. Kamal Haasan, who is known to be vocal about his political views, also lashed out at the recent political developments. He came up with a pun on democracy after the over five-hour drama came to an end. He tweeted: "There you go. Seems like we have another CM. Jai de-mockcrazy."
Arvind Swami too had tweeted his views when there was political uncertainty in the state. Today too, he opined the fact that MLAs stayed in the resort and partied and did not go in favour of what their voters wanted. In a tweet, he said: “None will accept a vote of confidence if the MLAs don't represent the ppl's views. For that they have to meet people, not party in a resort.” He also said : "In my opinion, The only solution that is acceptable under the circumstances is a re- election. This is not the people's mandate. He also spoke about the undemocratic manner in which things panned out today. In his tweet, he said: If true democracy can be protected in an undemocratic manner, are we to feel happy or sad? Is the million $ question. Opinions pl."
Actor Suriya Sivakumar used one of the memes on O Panneerselvam and tweeted saying: Now, it is we the people of the state who are eating Mixture, Friends” O Panneerselvam was called ‘Mixture Mama’when Jallikattu protests took place.
Joining the chorus was also Chinmayi Sripaada. She spoke to CNN-News18 and said: "Annus horriblis continues in TN. Tragedy after tragedy. I hope elsewhere and all across India people will learn from the people of TN - not being participative in a democracy will lead to the mess we are in. Question. Get involved. There is strength in truth and numbers."
One thing seems clear: most people in Tamil Nadu are not happy with the current state of affairs. They feel that today is the sad day for democracy.