It has been a week since AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan was convicted and sent to the Bengaluru central prison after being convicted in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case. The media is going to town with stories on what she wears and what she eats and that she is desperately seeking a transfer to a jail in Tamil Nadu.
A prisoner swap programme is available and if both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu agree for a transfer. However, with a (Tamil Nadu) government in place that is so ‘friendly’ to her, the chances are remote.
Following the chaotic trust vote that was held in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly, leader of the opposition M K Stalin met Governor Vidyasagar Rao.
He has complained that the trust vote was not favour as the entire opposition was evicted from the floor of the house. He has also complained that the request for a secret ballot was rejected.
Tamil Nadu will witness a crucial trust vote on Saturday. Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy will take the the trust vote in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly at around 11 am. Palanisamy claims he has the numbers and he will need the support of 118 MLAs to win the trust vote and stay on as chief minister.
Palanisamy claims he has the support of 124 MLAs, and going by this, it appears he would win comfortably. The problem for him, though, could be posed by the O Panneerselvam group which claims to have the support of 10 MLAs including him. While Paneerselvam has been suspended from the party, the rest continue to be members of the AIADMK. So what happens if they vote against the government?
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy’s rise in the AIADMK from a farmer in Salem district to the high chair has been a phenomenal one. He joined the AIADMK in 1974, and remained a party worker for long.
However, what caught Jayalalithaa’s attention was hi9s ‘devotion’. In 1985, he put up a separate party flag mast across the Edappadi region with Amma’s face on it. The separate flag had on it the picture of Jayalalithaa with the words, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader Amma) on it.
On Thursday, convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan spent her first day in the Bengaluru central jail after being convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case.
“She spent the day like any other ordinary convict,” said a jail official. Tamarind rice for breakfast and ragi (millet)-based food for lunch and dinner was what she was given.
Draped in a white saree, she spent most of her day walking around with her co-convict Ilavarasi. Later in the evening, the jail guards escorted her back to her cell.
Chennai, Feb 16: Newly appointed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu E Palanisamy will take a floor test on Saturday, February 18, the AIADMK said.
A special session the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly will be held on Saturday.
Edapaddi Palanisami took over as the 13th chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Thursday. He was administered the oath of office by Governor of Tamil Nadu (and Maharashtra) Vidyasagar Rao.
The Raj Bhavan which was packed with AIADMK supporters chanting long live Amma and long live Chinamma.
Twitter never fails to entertain. There were a series of tweets mocking Convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan, who is now in jail after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case. But the one that stood out was, “Finally she is CM, candle maker in prison.”
Sasikala’s conviction came at a very crucial time for her. She was in a tearing hurry to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu and had even carted away AIADMK MLAs to a resort to avoid poaching. However the conviction by the Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped her march into the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly.
The Governor of Tamil Nadu has invited E Palanisamy to form the next government in Tamil Nadu.
He is likely to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state on Thursday at 5pm, following which he will have to prove his majority on the floor of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly.
There is tight security around the cell in which Convicted AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan is lodged. Based on an intelligence report that she could be attacked in jail, 10 women constables have been deployed to guard her.
Officers suspect that there are some prisoners in the central jail who hail from Tamil Nadu who could try and attack her. However, officials do not rule out the possibility of an attack being stage-managed like was seen on Wednesday when she arrived at the court.