Tahlka News Desk
Chennai: Jayalalithaa close aide VK Sasikala and chief minister O Panneerselavam before Sasikala who was the most trusted aide have replaced now. Pannerselavam have resigned from the CM post but now addressing to media he says he was forced to do so. Later, on the resignation of Panneerselvam the opposition party DMK says we will support, Panneerselvam the opposition said this after meeting Governor C Vidyasagar rao late night to become him as a CM face.
Both the AIADMK and TN Chief Minister meet Governor C Vidyasagar Rao late night yesterday. Governor told the lawmamker that signatures she has submitted to prove support for her within the ruling AIADMK have to be authenticated. Ms Sasikala, a long-time companion of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who died in December, opened her meeting with the Governor by stating in English, "I stake claim". The 10 Tamil Nadu ministers who accompanied her spent 30 minutes making a 10-point presentation on the party's decision to choose Ms Sasikala to take over as Chief Minister.
According to sources the Governor informed her that Mr Panneerselvam has asked for five days to prove his support within the party. Ms Sasikala objected, saying she had the written support of all of the AIADMK's 134 legislators. Five of them have crossed over to Mr Panneerselvam, she and her entourage conceded, which makes their actual strength 129, but that was still a clear majority, they told the Governor.
Perhaps the most crucial part of the meeting was the 10 minutes that Ms Sasikala spent with Governor Rao alone at the end of the meeting.
Sources said the Governor made it clear that he will invite her to form the government, but that he needs time to address the concerns raised by Mr Panneerselvam.
He reportedly did not raise the Supreme Court verdict due next week on Ms Sasikala in a corruption case, but her team suspects that his request for more time indicates that his offer may only come if she is cleared by the court. She has been accused of conspiring with Ms Jayalalithaa to acquire a shared illicit fortune in the early 90s during the politician's first term in office.
A surprise presence at the meeting that raised eyebrows was of TTV Dhinakaran, Ms Sasikala's nephew. He is among a clutch of her relatives thrown out by Jayalalithaa for conspiring against her, who have apparently returned to Ms Sasikala's side in the past two months.
According to a source, Mr Dhinakaran, who can be seen in official photographs of the meeting sitting next to Ms Sasikala, did not speak a word.