Guv Mum After Meeting OPS, Sasikala

Chennai: Tamil soap opera is continuing taking twists and turns every hour. Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has in Thursday met Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and the presumptive chief minister VK Sasikala Natarajan.

There was sloganeering when Sasikala met Governor Rao saying that she is the true successor to JJayalalithaa. Before going to Raj Bhavan Sasikala visited Jaya memorial at Marina beach and paid floral tribute. She also placed on the grave a document containing the signatures of majority of AIADMK MLAs declaring their support to her. She was accompanied by ten ministers when she met the governor. She staked her claim to form the government since she was unanimously elected leader of AIADMK legislature party. She submitted to the governor the document of support signed by majority of the MLAs. The supporters of Sasikala have gathered before the Raj Bhavan shouting slogans demanding she be made the chief minister. Sasikala had requested the governor to invite her to form the government. She left Raj Bhavan after 35 minutes of discussion. She met Rao alone for a few minutes. She refused to meet the media persons who said there was a positive smile on her face.

Earlier, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) had received the governor at the airport at 4:00 pm. He met Rao at 5:00 pm for about 20 minutes with his colleagues and for five minutes alone. He expressed his hope that the governor would do justice. OPS has said he submitted his resignation under duress and is prepared to withdraw it.

Dr V Maitreyan, a Rajya Sabha Member and a supporter of OPS, has said the AIADMK MLAs are being kept captive and they are being moved from expensive resort to 5-star hotel. The true majority would be decided on the floor of the House. Dr Maitreyan refuted the allegation that he is close to the BJP and has been acting on behalf of the party.

Governor Rao, who was away for five days when political turmoil has been raising, will have to decide whether to administer oath of office to Sasikala or wait for the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Disproportionate Assets case against late Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and others. The case has not been listed for Friday which means it has to wait till Monday. It amounts to giving more time for OPS to attract more MLAs to his side. OPS camp claimed the support of 22 MLAs. The return of senior leader Madhusudhanan along with two MLAs to the OPS camp on Thursday gave a shot in the arm for the CM. The emboldened OPS has said that Jayalalithaa’s residence Poes Garden would be locked up.

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