From an impromptu `musical' protest at Poes Garden to outraged tweets, funny memes and an online petition ­ people were quick to voice their dissent when news of V K Sasikala being elected AIADMK legislature party leader broke.And they did not leave any medium unexplored.

Late on Sunday evening, even as security was stepped up around Poes Garden, a petition started on online platform Change.org against Sasikala garnered close to 19,000 signatures, with 10,000 being added within 15 minutes. Reasons for signing the petition included the choicest abuse, digging out skeletons that have for long been in the Mannargudi family's backyard and questions over Sasikala's eligibility.

“The people of Tamil Nadu want re-election,“ said Kevin Jacob, one of the petitioners.The petition will be submitted to governor C Vidyasagar Rao, the President and the chief election commissioner. Netizens also took to Twitter and Facebook to register protest. “We voted for J Jayalalithaa, not her aide. We voted for a government, not a corrupt family . If this happens, RIP Democracy,“ said the status message of a law student.

Hashtags like #NotmyCM and #TNSaysNo2Sasi were the top trends in India, with `Jayalalithaa' being most-searched on Facebook feed. Meme creators had a field day churning out creative content that denounced Sasikala's claim to the CM's post. Popular scenes from Tamil films became tools of parody for meme makers as they spared none while delivering their verdict. O Panneerselvam, the man who stepped aside for Sasikala, was roasted in one particular meme which had a photograph of cottage cheese with the caption, “...the last remaining Panneer (cheese) has gone stale.“

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