CHENNAI: Though VK Sasikala, the candidate expected to become the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu has expressed confidence that she has the support of 129 MLAs, in reality, the situation seems to be different. According to a report from the Times of India, Panneerselvam in his meeting with the State Governor on Thursday claimed that he had the support of more than 50 MLAs and that he will be able to form a government wth the help of opposition if given a chance. He also went on to say that he had resigned on pressure and was willing to take back his resignation if given a chance.
Though Panneerselvam insisted on withdrawing his resignation, constitutionally it may not be possible for the Governor to allow this as he had already approved O Panneerselvam’s resignation as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Soon after Panneerselvam, Chief ministerial candidate VK Sasikala met the Governor for about half an hour and has reportedly requested the governor to give her the go-ahead to form the government while adding that she has the support of the majority. She has also submitted an envelope containing signatures of the required number of MLAs to the Governor.
Meanwhile, Panneerselvam alleged that Sasikala has detained all the MLAs in a resort and that they are forced to accept her leadership. “If the MLAs are set free, truth and justice will win”, he said.
On the other hand, the Madras High court ordered the police to find the whereabouts of the MLAs based on a PIL filed by social activists. The Supreme court has on Friday refused to accept a plea for urgent hearing, which requested a stay order to stop Sasikala from becoming the chief minister.
With all these developments in place, Sasikala’s camp seems to have been worried about MLAs gradually coming out in support of Panneerselvam. And to strengthen her majority, sources said that her camp will soon meet the congress party for supporting her government externally. Steps have already been taken in this direction, with the Congress high command ordering the state party leader to visit Delhi. A final call on alliance is expected after a formal meeting between the AIADMK and the Indian congress party.
Even if Sasikala emerges victorious in this battle, the final say will be with the Supreme court, which will soon deliver its verdict on disproportionate assets case involving Sasikala. If the apex court holds Sasikala as a convict and gives a sentence of more than two years, the aspiring politician will have to step down as a politician.