TTV Dinakaran, the man managing the party that governs Tamil Nadu, today said, "I am mature", an attribute that he said enables him to have "no regrets over being sidelined" by his colleagues.
Last night, senior ministers- at least 10 of them- met in Chennai and decided that Mr Dinakaran, who is the party's No 2, and his aunt, VK Sasikala
When J Jayalalithaa died as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, her party, the AIADMK, quickly promoted her live-in aide, VK Sasikala, as its chief. O Panneerselvam, who was a regular stand-in for Ms Jayalalithaa while she was alive, was made Chief Minister. But then Ms Sasikala decided to become Chief Minister herself, prompting a revolt by Mr Panneerselvam. A dramatic plot twist was provided by the Supreme Court which in Febraury sentenced her to jail for corruption.
Before heading to prison, Ms Sasikala placed her nephew in charge of the party and a loyalist, E Palaniswami as Chief Minister.