The political transition within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, following its leader Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5, has brought about unsavoury changes in governance that runs against Tamil Nadu’s valued traditions.
On December 21, the Income Tax department chose to raid the residence and offices of former Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao. These were unprecedented scenes. Barring Delhi in 2015, political analysts cannot recollect another occasion when a central agency moved into the seat of power of a state government and conducted raids on its top bureaucrat.
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a full-blown attack on the Centre for the Central Bureau of Investigation searching the offices of his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in December 2015.
But in Tamil Nadu, there was not even a whimper, leave alone condemnation, from the ruling party against such action. The IT sleuths came to Chennai with central paramilitary protection, raising questions on whether the state government was even informed about a high-stakes operation in its territory.