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Change in position, post-Jayalalithaa

5 December, 2017 4:33 AM
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A look at the political standings of politicians and celebrities after Jayalalithaa's death.

V.K. Sasikala (Jayalalithaa's confidant for three decades) — Very High to Very Low.

Once likely successor, became party head; convicted in disproportionate assets case, now serving 4-year jail term.

Took over party after Sasikala went to jail, contested in R.K. Nagar; sidelined and lost claim to two-leaves symbol.

"Loyal" Edappadi became Chief Minister when Sasikala had to go to jail; merged with O. Panneerselvam faction, remains CM, and has symbol.

Became Chief Minister when Jayalalithaa died, fell out of favour with Sasikala and family and was out of power, but came back as Deputy Chief Minister.

Not visible during Jayalalithaa's rule but sought her mantle, squandered her chances, has filed a case to inherit Jayalalithaa's assets.

Visible during funeral, after Sasikala went to jail, had multiple organ transplants, faces jail but out on bail.

Taking keen interest in governance and politics; Announced his intention to float political party.

Won Nadigar Sangam election, has been vocal against online piracy, contesting in R.K. Nagar polls.

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Source: thehindu.com

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