Bengaluru, Oct 4: The centre has expressed concern over an uneasy situation in Tamil Nadu. There are reports that some of the AIADMK cadres are running out of patience and want to know what exactly their Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa is being treated for. Many had hoped once the Governor of the state Vidyasagar Rao visited the hospital, they would be some clarity.
However, Rao was not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa at the Appllo hospital in Chennai. He was only allowed to meet the doctors instead. Following this meeting, several workers of the party expressed anguish and compared his statement to the medical bulletin that has been issued over the past week by the hospital.
The centre is closely watching the situation in Tamil Nadu. It does not want a breakdown of the law and order situation in the state as many of the cadres are getting extremely impatient.
Keep a close watch
The centre meanwhile is keeping a close watch on the developments. Many have expressed concern over who exactly is running the government today. Sources say that there is a difference this time around. Some of the cadres point out the way the government was being run when Jayalalithaa was in jail, but many feel it is not the same this time. At that time Jayalalithaa was firmly in control. However, this time around she is in hospital, they say.
The centre which is gathering information says that reports suggest that the cadres are getting very anxious. They want to know more than what the bulletin is saying. Moreover they do not trust the statements being issued by the top brass in the party and this may lead to an emotional outburst, the centre worries.
Who is in charge?
While sources say that Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala Natrajan is in charge, the other worry for the party workers is that under her, the AIADMK is not a united force. The party workers are also anxious about the forthcoming local body elections on October 17 and 19. They are anxious how the party will fight the polls without a known face or leader to guide them.
There is also a factor of trust that is lacking today among many of the cadres. They are aware that Sasikala cannot hold the party alone together. She hails from the Thevar community. She does not have a complete hold over the leaders from that community as well, sources say.
The other man, O Paneerselvam who has been acting Chief Minister twice does not exactly share a good relationship with Sasikala. All these factors are worrying the party cadres. With prayers on their lips, they hope that their Amma would come out of hospital soon and take charge of the state.