Sasikala’s swearing-in under a cloud of uncertainty

RSTV Bureau
Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala releases manifesto of party founder the late M G Ramachandran on his 100th birth anniversary celebration, at party headquarters in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016. Photo - PTI

Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala releases manifesto of party founder the late M G Ramachandran on his 100th birth anniversary celebration, at party headquarters in Chennai, Jan 17, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Uncertainty looms large over the swearing-in of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Tuesday with Governor C Vidyasagar Rao headed for Mumbai from New Delhi and not to Chennai. Vidyasagar Rao holds an additional charge of Maharashtra governor as well.

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. The petition is likely to be heard today.

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.

File photo of Supreme Court of India.

File photo of Supreme Court of India.

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.

Meanwhile, the ruling AIADMK said all arrangements were in place for the swearing-in ceremony. According to a Chennai report, the Madras University Auditorium, which had earlier hosted the swearing-in of Jayalalithaa, was being reportedly spruced up for the occasion.

After Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, Sasikala, who was her shadow for nearly three decades, was elected as the chief of the AIADMK on December 29.

(With inputs from the PTI)