Guv seeks legal opinion after meeting Panneerselvam, Sasikala — AIADMK Crisis

While this was so, in a huge setback to Sasikala, influential AIADMK Presidium Chairperson Madhusudhanan, second after Sasikala in the party, has lent support to Panneerselvam.

The power struggle followed the December 5 death of Jayalalithaa after nearly two months of hospitalisation.

For close to three decades, Sasikala, known as Chinnamma (younger mother) to her supporters, had been an nearly permanent fixture in Jayalalitha's life, and was often seen with the former chief minister on public platforms.

When the ousted chief minister ( now interim chief minister) claims that he has been forced to resign by coercion and wants his resignation to be treated as cancelled, should not the Governor consider this aspect also?

Sasikala urged the party workers not to have any truck with Madusudanan and said they should extend their cooperation to Sengottaiyan.

In his first public comments on Jayalalithaa's hospitalization, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam revealed some shocking and unknown facts about Sasikala involvement in Jayalalithaa's treatment.

A day after O Panneerselvam and VK Sasikala met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, the former seeking more time and the latter staking claim to form the government, setbacks for Sasikala came from the courts while Panneerselvam gained few more supporters in the party.

Caretaker Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam Tuesday held a brief meeting with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao amid the political uncertainty in the state and said that "good things will happen" but did not elaborate. It is true that the Supreme Court will be pronouncing its verdict on the Rs 66.5 crore disproportionate assets case against her next week, but that can move on its own track.

The deadlock over the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is yet to be solved.

The AIADMK MLAs, who were packed off in buses on Wednesday to a private resort on the outskirts of Chennai presumably to prevent horse-trading, are still missing from the scene. Conversely, the odds may appear stacked against Panneerselvam but he needs only 18 MLAs to break ranks and ruin Sasikala's dreams.

But, why would the MLAs go for fresh election with nearly four years of their term remaining?

Sasikala's nephew T.T.V, Dinakaran, who was expelled from the AIADMK by Jayalalithaa accompanied her along with 10 MLAs, when she went to the Raj Bhavan on Thursday evening to meet with the governor. A doctor close to Sasikala is said to have administered the wrong medicine to Jayalalithaa. In that scenario, the Governor may impose President's rule in the state.

Feb 9: Panneerselvam declines to reveal the number of legislators who were supporting him and says he will prove his strength on the floor of the house. It is also being said that not just the BJP, the PM himself has been monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu.

  • Leroy Wright