Despite Sasikala vs OPS, Why Doesn't TN Have a Full-time Governor?

  • Despite Sasikala vs OPS, Why Doesn't TN Have a Full-time Governor?

Despite Sasikala vs OPS, Why Doesn't TN Have a Full-time Governor?

Just when Sasikala thought she is all set to swear in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, she as got a rude jolt from Panner Selvam and other opponents. "I have always followed Amma's path and will continue to do so", Panneerselvam said. Election Commission has already asked AIADMK to explain if Sasikala's ascension to the post of general secretary violated party bye-laws.

However later in the day, Sasikala accused Panneerselvam of colluding with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), while adding that he would not be spared following his "betrayal".

His statement came before Sasikala, once the closest aide of late CM Jayalalithaa, takes oath as Chief Minister.

Further he said, "It was only after a serious altercation at her residence, Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital".

"I am not going to jump into the so-called bandwagon of Panneerselvam".

In a fresh twist to the row over the death of the AIADMK supremo and former chief minister, Pandian, an ex-assembly Speaker, suspected foul play, alleging that her demise occurred under unnatural circumstances and demanded a probe on her hospitalisation.

Battle hardened MLAs in the OPS camp are now raising their voices against Sasikala's legitimacy for public office even if she arm twisted her way to becoming AIADMK chief.

He then dropped a bombshell by proceeding to say that he was presently being forced to step down from his post and pave way for Sasikala, revealing that Revenue Minister R.B. Udhayakumar, has suggested Sasikala to take over his post. On December 29, the party's general council unanimously elected Sasikala as the general secretary. "Though I questioned the urgency in changing leadership, I was told by Sasikala's relations to fall in line in the interests of maintaining unity of the party", said Panneerselvam. As TV news scurried after him and raced across to Poes Garden it seemed to Sreenivasan Jain that the AIADMK was "headed for a split" (NDTV 24×7) while Times Now and India Today examined Congress allegations of a BJP hand in the turn of events and the DMK.

Meanwhile, Deepa Jayakumar, niece of Jayalalithaa, too joined the chorus of those opposed to Sasikala. Rao is expected to land here tomorrow. Panneerselvam said he will meet the governor soon and also prove his strength on the floor of the Assembly. "How they grab real estate is something I know very well". Some senior leaders of the party including Rajya Sabha MP V. Maithreyan, and former ministers P.H. Pandian and Natham Visawanathan have extended their support to Panneerselvam.