This question has been asked at the time when Jayalalitha was in the hospital and was on paper the Chief Minister. Well, now the State has come a full circle, with a challenger from the most corrupt family, whose name is Dinakaran. This challenger is from the Sasikala Family, which always functioned as an extra-constitutional authority during Jayalalitha's rule.
However, today the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister are generally very ineffective, and are presiding over a developed State, which is now slipping so much on the development indices on every possible parameter,be it new investment or attracting Foreign Direct Investment. The State goes on from one controversy to the other, with corruption in every walk of life.
And in the past ten days, we have had a huge sex scandal, involving a lady college professor.
Worse, the State is now widely perceived, not without reason, as playing into the hands of the Central Government.
Here, we have a Governor who has clearly gone far beyond his powers, and conducts direct reviews with officials of various departments, at different places. He openly talks about the performance of the State Government. The Governor of Tamil Nadu seems to be guided by his friends in New Delhi.
We have a real crisis today in Tamil Nadu, as the ruling party does not have an absolute majority. The Dinakaran factor will play its own role in the days to come.