Panneerselvam meets Guv, but suspense not over yet

FILE: Chennai: O Panneerselvam sitting in a meditation in front of late J Jayalalithaa's burial site at the Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Feb 7, 2017. Photo - PTI

FILE: Chennai: O Panneerselvam sitting in a meditation in front of late J Jayalalithaa’s burial site at the Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Feb 7, 2017.
Photo – PTI

In a power play Chennai has been witnessing since the last two days, the drama went notches up as Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao. During his five minute one-on-one meeting with the Governor, he handed him a representation “explaining” him the recent developments. There are reports that he told the governor that he was “forced” to resign as CM.

“I met the governor and explained him the position… Some good thing will happen soon. The truth will prevail,” he said addressing the press in a very short presser.

Panneerselvam had sent his resignation to the governor on Sunday, after AIADMK elected Sasikala as the leader of the legislature party, paving her way for the coronation as Chief Minister.

Later in the evening, AIADMK chief VK Sasikala will be holding a meeting Vidyasagar Rao. In a show of strength, Sasikala is also expected to stake claim to form government.

Sasikala O Panneerselvam Tamil Nadu“We have an official appointment at 7.30 PM. We will be staking our claim. There are no problems. There is no need to raise any problems,” School Education Minister K Pandiarajan said.

“10 senior ministers are going to go with Chinnamma (Sasikala). All the MLAs are ready to go. It is, however, the decision of the Governor (to meet or not to meet all the legislators). The Governor is very positive, he has not raised any apprehensions,” he told reporters here.

Talking on the rebellion of Panneerselvam, Pandiarajan, minister close to Sasikala, said it was wrong to say that the “outgoing” Chief Minister was forced to resign from his post.

“There was no pressure. There is no truth in it. Talking of coercion is laughable,” he said, adding, “Panneerselvam was all along with us when all the decisions were taken. No decision was taken by overruling him. Now, if he wants to take a different stand, it is his choice.”

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi had yesterday claimed that the ruling party has the support of 131 party legislators and they had attended the meeting chaired by Sasikala to discuss the fallout of the revolt by Panneeselvam.

(With inputs from the PTI)