Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

No swearing-in for Sasikala just yet, Governor decides to maintain status-quo

No swearing-in for Sasikala just yet, Governor decides to maintain status-quo

The aide of former chief minister Jayalalithaa is involved in a power struggle between her and incumbent chief minister O Panneerselvam for the post of chief minister. The party has been waiting for him to return to Chennai for the swearing in of VK Sasikala, who was chosen by lawmakers to replace O Panneerselvam as Chief Minister.

Panneerselvam's revolt scuttled her hopes of a swift swearing in as the chief minister and sparked the political crisis.

According the channel, the Governor in a report to the Union Home Ministry cited the pending disproportionate assets (DA) case against Sasikala as the reason for her not being qualified to stake the claim.

Sources said the signatures that were provided by Sasikala as proof of support in her party will be authenticated by the Governor. "Sasikala is treating us like how (late Chief Minister J.) Jayalalithaa treated us", said one of them, Murugumaran.

"Only through the media, I got to know Mr Panneerselvam's invite, there was no personal invite", she said.

AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan who joined Pannerselvam's camp on Thursday, wrote to the Election Commission, telling them not to accept Sasikala as general secretary of the party. In that instance, the SC had said that such circumstances can be interpreted as restricting the powers vested in the governor as per Article 164 (4). "People will teach a lesson to Sasikala", he said.

AIADMK claimed that 131 MLAs had attended a meeting called by Sasikala after Panneerselvam chose to revolt. "I agreed to become chief minister after Amma's passing away considering party interests", he said.

Another legislator R Kutti, who also moved to Panneerselvam's camp, said that "when freed", the MLAs will not be able to go to their constituencies as people were very angry with them for siding with Sasikala.

"I was forced to resign by Sasikala", a pensive Panneerselvam had told reporters at Marina Beach 40 minutes after meditating at Jayalalithaa's memorial.

However, after assuming charge as party chief, "with the idea of betraying the party, she also wanted to usurp the post of chief minsiter".

He also disowned DMK deputy general secretary Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan's statement that the party would support Panneerselvam.

A conviction after being sworn-in could result in Sasikala having to step down as chief minister. Meanwhile, Panneerselvam has reportedly written to bank, saying that he was the Treasurer of AIADMK and directed them to not allow any transactions in party account without his consent. People were asking him why he was standing in front of her with folded hands, he said. "Definitely, good things will happen", the acting CM added.

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