The uncertainty over the chief ministerial position continues as the Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao met both AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in a meeting separately. While Sasikala stakes claim to form the government, caretaker Panneerselvam voiced confidence that “justice will win”, although the numbers presently do not stack up in his favor.
The entire political drama was focused at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday, after Governor C Vidyasagar Rao arrived in the state from Mumbai. Both the leader Sasikala and Panneerselvam met him, with the former handing the letters of support given by her party legislators, to the Governor.
Sasikala was attended by senior ministers in her meeting with Rao. As said by AIADMK, Sasikala handed over the documents choosing her as the leader of the legislature party. However, the AIADMK statement was oddly quiet on the number of legislators backing her.
Before proceeding to Raj Bhavan, Sasikala went to J Jayalalithaa’s memorial and paid homage.
Earlier in the day, Panneerselvam met the governor at 5 PM and “apprise” him of the prevailing situation in Tamil Nadu. Panneerselvam has said he was forced to step down, paving the way for Sasikala’s elevation to the top post, and said he would withdraw his resignation if the situation arose.
The Tamil Nadu politics had taken an interesting turn as O Panneerselvam had revolted against the AIADMK chief’s claim for the CM position. Meanwhile, Madras High Court has rejected Habeas Corpus petition filed by Traffic Ramaswamy and K Balu which alleged illegal detention of 130 AIADMK MLAs.