Amid crisis in Tamil Nadu… wait for Governor

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. He also holds additional post of Tamil Nadu Governor. Photo - PTI

File photo of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. He also holds additional post of Tamil Nadu Governor.
Photo – PTI

Amid political uncertainty in the ruling party in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who also holds charge for the southern state, today continued to stay put in Mumbai with no indication of when he will travel to Chennai.

“So far, we have no information on whether the Governor has any travel plans today for Chennai or Delhi,” a Raj Bhavan official told PTI. On Tuesday, Raj Bhavan sources had said Rao may leave for Chennai in a day or two.

Political crisis looms large over Tamil Nadu after with the ruling party staring a split after O Panneerselvam last night claimed that he was forced to resign as Chief Minister to make way for AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, who waits to be sworn in for the top job.

Breaking his silence on the happenings in the party ever since the death of his mentor and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, he alleged of being “insulted” by senior ministers and leaders who sought to “undermine” him after electing him the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, in Delhi, DMK MP Kanimozhi sought governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s intervention in the matter. Describing the developments in the state as “shocking and one pushing Tamil Nadu into uncertainty”, she said her party will take “issue-based stand” in the matter and not back any individual leader.

“It is a shocking development and clouds of uncertainty are hovering over Tamil Nadu. The Governor must intervene in the matter and sort out things,” Kanimozhi told reporters on Parliament premises.

AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala after attending the party's MLA's meeting in which she was elected as a AIADMK Legislative party leader, set to become Tamil Nadu CM, at Party's Headquarters in Chennai on 05 February 2017.

AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala after attending the party’s MLA’s meeting in which she was elected as a AIADMK Legislative party leader, set to become Tamil Nadu CM, at Party’s Headquarters in Chennai on 05 February 2017.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao was expected to return to Chennai on Tuesday after Sasikala’s swearing-in was perceived to be imminent post her elevation as the leader of AIADMK legislature party.

There are also reports that Rao was seeking legal advice before administering the oath of office to Sasikala over the pending Supreme Court verdict in a disproportionate assets case against Sasikala.

Earlier on Monday, a PIL was also filed in the apex court demanding to put on hold the swearing-in ceremony of Sasikala.

There was, however, no official word on what the Governor was exactly planning to do after the Supreme Court on Monday indicated it could deliver a judgement soon in a disproportionate assets case against Sasikala. Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa is also an accused in the case.

A conviction after being sworn in would result in Sasikala having to step down as chief minister.

Post the elevation of Sasikala as the AIADMK legislature party leader on Sunday, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had tendered his resignation and those of his ministers to Governor Rao which were accepted.