English translation of tamil article சிறப்புக் கட்டுரை : தமிழகத்தைக் காக்க அதிமுகவை அழி ! published in January 2017 issue of Puthiya Jananayagam
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The first accused in the disproportionate asset case Jayalalitha was buried with 21 gun salute. As A1 sleeps in a sandalwood coffin, A2 Sasikala has become the general secretary of ADMK. A3 Elavarasi has got posters printed calling her “Chinna Chinna Ammaa” [Sasikala is Chinna Ammaa]. Abour A4 Sudhagaran, the foster son of ‘Ammaa’, less said the better as he already got the epithet ‘Chinna MGR’.
We recall the protest organized by PALA [People Art and Literary Association knows as Ma. Ka. Ee. Ka in Tamil] and sister organizations PLF [Peasants Liberation Front], RSYF [Revolutionary Students Youth Front] and NDLF [New Democratic Labour Frong] in July 1996, exactly twenty years back. It was a protest to demand ‘Seizing of Vinodhagan Hospital’, which symbolized corruption and loot of public properties during Jayalalithaa’s first stint 1991-96. DMK, which won the 1996 elections to the state assembly, declared that it is going to prosecute Jayalalitha for corruption and seize her properties. Our protest was meant to highlight the political fact that it is not possible to punish Jayalalithaa-Sasikala gang and seize their properties through legal means.
We identified a new kind of criminal elements which started acquiring clout in political circles at that time all over the country. We named them “Instant-Rich-Political-Goons”. In that period a mobs of illicit liquor makers, liquor shop owners, money lenders, lottery merchants and rowdy elements made a rush into electoral politics. Vinodhagan Hospital siege was the culmination of our political movement all over Tamil Nadu against such persons belonging to various political parties and exposing their anti-social activites.
From Natham Viswanathan who is discovered to have “bought an island near Singapore, a mine in Indonesia, a commercial complex in Dubai” to Pudhukkotai Ramachandran, all of ADMK bigwigs are erstwhile liquor sellers or illicit liquor makers. The credit for managing such a criminal gang as a political party goes only to Jayalalitha.
During Jayalalithaa’s first stint in government, between 1991 and 1996, atrocities unleashed by Jaya-Sasi gang and ministers knew no bounds. The people of Tamil Nadu voted out Jayalalithaa government and made her personally bite the dust in Bargur constituency. Ministers who came for canvassing votes were driven away without allowing them to enter villages. After the defeat, Jayalalithaa was forced to send Sasikala away from Poes garden residence and dis-own her foster son to depict herself as blameless. All this happened twenty years ago.
Today, gold bars and new 2000 rupee notes are seized from Sekar Reddy. Raids are conducted at Secretariat and the house of the Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao. A photo showing the present Chief Minister Panneer Selvam and Sekar Reddy posing with tonsured heads at Thirupathi is widely circulated.
Without worrying about any of these, crowds of Tamils go to ‘Ammaa” memorial, conduct wailing ritual, collect the wages, go on to ADMK head quarters at Rayapettai, dance in front of Jaya TV cameras singing “Hail Chinnammaa” and quench their thirst in Tasmac [Liquor] bars. This is where Jaya has taken Tamil society and its politics in twenty years.
Those instant-rich-political-goons identified as the symbols of degeneration of parliamentary politics twenty years ago, have now become the custodians of parliamentary democracy. That is, those identified then as the ‘rapists’ of constitution have now become its legal husbands.
Now, media wonder on what basis Ram Mohan Rao was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner. In 2010 itself, he was accused of amassing assets (to the tune of Rs 81 crore) disproportionate to his known sources of income by the then Vigilance Commissioner Umashankar. By appointing such a personification of corruption as Vigilance Commissioner, Jaya ridiculed the virtue of ‘honesty’ itself. This not only throws light on the perverted personality called Jayalalitha, but also exposes how state institutions have been perverted and turned opposite to each other. This is ample proof that the criminals rule all sorts of institutions that are supposed to safeguard the rule of law.
Tamil Nadu state administration is made up of the captains of robber gangs including secretaries various departments and district collectors headed by Ram Mohan Rao, Police department coordinating all sorts of criminal activities like ganja sales, illicit liquor trade, hawala transactions and fraudulent chit-fund companies, Judiciary with the likes of Kumarasamy, Dattu, and Sadhasivam, Public Works Departmnet facilitating pillage of river sand, and education department auctioning posts of university vice-chancellors. Every day new proofs of this fact keep tumbling out. Even after all these, if some choose to comfort themselves that this state of affairs can be reformed through legal means, we can not help them.
To the question raised in media circle, “Can the three co-accused in the disproportionate asset case be punished as the first accused Jayalalitha is dead?”, legal experts cite a Supreme Court judgement to show that even if the first accused is dead, fellow accused cannot escape punishment. The self same reason given by legal experts for inevitable punishment awaiting Sasikala, is also cited by ADMK slaves for making Sasikala the Chief Minister. In ADMK General Council Valarmarthi [an ADMK minister] said, “Had Chinna Ammaa turned approver, Ammaa would have been finished and so would ADMK”. The primary qualification of Sasikala to become Chief Minister is that she has been a “loyal co-accused” to Ammaa.
As A1 is dead A2 should become CM says ADMK. No matter whether Supreme Court convicts her or not, ADMK general council has awarded the party general secretary post to Sasikala. The qualification for the post is criminality. As though this is not enough, Ponnaiyan [another ADMK minister] justifies Sasikala’s right to be the heir to Jayalalithaa in a different angle. He brings to our notice that Jaya had nominated Sasikala for her Sriram Chit-fund money and hence declares triumphantly that Jaya indeed had appointed Sasikala as her heir to CM post. CM post is equated to chit-fund money. Is there a better way to express this politics?
“Ramavaram garden to the elder sister-in-law [MGR’s wife Janaki], the whole of Tamilnadu is like Poes garden for younger sister-in-law” so goes a song in our music collection named ‘Irunda Kaalam’. Jayalalitha’s niece Deepa now claims ADMK as a party nurtured by her aunt. Doesn’t Aunt DMK also abbreviate as ADMK. Media is busy debating whether Sasi or Deepa is the legal heir to Jayalalitha’s properties including Kodanadu estate, Hyderabad Grape Farm etc. Tamils are debating in tea shop benches whether the properties looted from them should go to the niece or the long time companion of the thief. We laughed at Vadivelu stealing the weighing balance from a shop in a movie comedy. Now Tamil society has plumbed greater depths than that comedy scene. Should we laugh or cry?
Sasikala accepted the post of party general secretary and the vacuum created by Ammaa’s death is filled. Chinnamma’s photo adorns the shirt pockets of white clad party bosses along with Ammaa’s photo. White is now the dress code of thieves. Blacker the wealth, whiter the dress.
The Hindu reports that a senior leader of one of the communist parties said that even when Jaya forms a committee of four ministers for seat sharing talks, it is only Sasikala who negotiates. It is not revealed whether the said leader is Tha Pandian or TK Rangarajan. Why cover your heads? Anyway, you are going to negotiate with “Chinnamma” for the next election. Nothing left to be ashamed.
Sasikala knows how to run the robbers gang called ADMK. She has the knowledge of daily collection from every minstry be it Highways, PWD, Education, Transport, Registration, Prohibition, Customs, Local Governance, Agriculture, Health or Labour and knows how much of it should come to Poes Garden. She knows how to use the intelligence department to monitor cash collection. She also knows how to order raids on truant ministers, frighten them, and dismiss them from their posts.
She has mastered the administrative skills of controlling police department by appointing persons of her caste, snooping on ministers and officers belonging to other dominant castes to control them and nurturing spies in rival parties. Starting from officers of election commission to the judges of high court, she knows who can be bought and how. She is a master of everything a criminal mafia boss is supposed to do.
Usually, a criminal mafia creates and maintains a network of anti-social elements and rowdies who murder, burgle, deal in drugs, conduct kangaroo courts and rob. But Jaya-Sasi gang transformed the state machinery itself into such a mafia. Loyalty shown by Ram Mohan Rao and other IAS officers, district collectors, police and university vice-chancellors to Jayalalithaa is directly proportional to the share of loot they get.
This is the reason behind Jayalalitha appointing Sheela Balakrishnan, a retired IAS officer, to an illegal post called advisor to state government and promoting Ram Mohan Rao to Chief Secretary post contravening all rules. It is the same reason behind vice-chancellors of universities pining for Sasikala to become CM.
Look at the figures given by PMK founder Ramadoss on river sand mining. In 2003-04, income from Tasmac liquor sales was Rs 3,639 crore and it increased to 23,401 crore in 2013-14. During the same period, revenue from sand mining reduced from Rs 150 crore to Rs 133.37 crore. Government shows only 8300 lorry loads of sand are sold everyday, but according to Ramadoss around one lakh lorry loads of sand is quarried everyday. In the past 13 years Rs 4.75 lakh crore was looted by private traders. It was Ram Mohan Rao who suggested that the state itself should sell river sand, but it is carried out by a big gang including Arumugasamy, Padikkasu, Sekar Reddy, Pudhukkottai Ramachandran and Panneer Selvam’s benami Baskar.
According to Nakkheeran magazine, 80 lakh boxes of liquor and 1 crore bottles of beer are procured every month from distilleries of Tamilnadu by Tasmac. The commission rate is Rs 60 per box of liquor, Rs 35 per carton of beer and Rs 10 for each box of premium liquor. Out of this collection, 60% goes to Poes Garden, 35% to various officers and 5% to the minister.
According to Junior Vikatan, Rs 10,000 crore worth contracts were awarded to Sekar Reddy, and out of this Rs 2,500 crore was given to Poes Garden as commission. The contracts for software for government departments, free laptop distribution, contract employees in hospitals and other places were awarded to Ram Mohan Rao’s son, Vivek.Now we know about connection of Sekar Reddy, Prem Reddy, Ram Mohan Rao, Vivek, Rosaiah and Venkaiah Naidu to Jayalalitha-Sasikala regime. Earlier it was liquor baron Subbirami Reddy, Chandrababu Naidu, Sharad Pawar and Vijay Mallaya with whom Jaya-Sasi gang had dealings with. Andra and Telangana have been useful to Jayalalitha as a backyard for storing black money. Some of which was caught in containers during last assembly election. Sekar Reddy used Tirupathi to convert the demonetized notes, we know that this gang has the blessings of Lord of Seven Hills himself.
Natham Viswanathan could buy Rs 30,000 crore worth of properties like a commercial complex in Dubai, a mine in Indonesia, an island in Thailand and more with the help of a Kolkata Marwari Parasmal Lodha. We are at a loss to imagine the scale of loot by Mannarkudi Mafia represented by Sasikala.
It is wrong to say that there was corruption in Jaya’s rule. The rule itself was for looting public property and state treasury. All welfare programs like school midday meals, laptop distribution etc have been planned with loot for this gang in mind.
Ramadoss alleges that for the last assembly election money has been distributed to 197 constituencies at the rate of 4 crore each through Sekar Reddy. But the events during the election show that this estimate is far below the actual amount. However, Karur Anbunathan [who ran the currency distribution center for ADMK in Karur] is a free bird. Questions on Kovai Containers [four containers filled with currency notes captured near Coimbatore] remain unanswered. Even now, nothing will happen to Sekar Reddy.
Income tax department raids are always scenes enacted to collect dues. This is another scene in the drama directed by Modi on the subject of black money. Like the crime branch police who gets a cut from thieves, these raids are meant to extract from the maximum from ADMK gang. This is the second container [of opportunities] for Modi.
Otherwise from Vajpayee to Modi everyone tried to shield ‘the Brahmin’ Jayalalithaa. From the appointment of Thambidurai as law minister in Vajpayee government, to release of Jaya from the income tax case, we have seen many proofs to this. The whole country is witness to the fact that BJP celebrated Kumarasamy’s judgement of 4+3=8 acquiting Jayalalithaa in disproportionate assets case. The country also saw finance minister Arun Jaitley visiting Jaya at her residence even when she stood convicted by the Bengaluru special court. As a person who destroyed Dravidian movement from within, she is a natural ally of Brahminical fascist gang and they can never forget her accomplishment.
“Tamilnadu is in the grip of a schemer who has the agenda of Brahminical fascist forces as her personal ambition. She puts into practice their agenda of degenerating Tamil society into slaves and beggars without their self-respect and honour. The criminal gangs looting natural resources like river sand, mineral sand, granite, ground water, minerals and land, bureaucratic criminals and agents of multinational companies have made Tamilnadu as their hunting ground. ADMK, a party founded as a gang of opportunistic yes-men has grown into a professional criminal mafia entrenched into all the above activities”
That was a quote from an article we wrote in November 2014.
Now the mafia’s top position has been taken over by the ‘non sibling sister’. This gang may perish due to their in fights caused by due to internal rivalry. We should not wait for that to happen. We should crush this poisonous scorpion crawling on the face of Tamilnadu. It is the only way Tamilnadu can be salvaged.
Pudhiya Jananayagam – January 2017
original article in Tamil சிறப்புக் கட்டுரை : தமிழகத்தைக் காக்க அதிமுகவை அழி !
Translated by : Nesan