All OPS needs is another ten MLAs on his side and that would ensure a defeat for Sasikala if a floor test is held. The Governor was contemplating holding a simultaneous floor test to give both OPS and Sasikala a chance. Both have said that they have the numbers.
Chennai, Feb 11: The Tamil Nadu political crisis is turning into a pot boiler. Sasikala Natrajan held a meeting with the AIADMK MLAs at the resort before the leaving the venue. Earlier as Sasikala made her entry into the Golden Bay resort, several AIADMK MLAs chanted slogans in her favour.
Reports suggest that a new legislature party leader may be appointed. The same would be informed to the Governor. The frontrunners to the post according to sources are K S Sengottaiyan and Edapady Palanisamy. However, Sengottiyan has denied any change in leadership. He told the media at the resort that Sasikala will be the CM.
OPS has indicated that Jayalalithaa’s residence Veda Nilayam at Poes Garden in Chennai would be turned into a memorial.
While OPS is scheduled to meet with Rao at 5 pm, the meeting with Sasikala has been fixed for 7.30 pm.
Sasikala Natarajan carted 130 MLAs in three buses and parked them at a resort, 120 kilometres away from Chennai. Sasikala needs the support of 117 MLAs if she is to become chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
O Paneerselvam too is a contender to the post, but doing the math it appears to be tough for him to get the numbers.
Chennai, Feb 9: All eyes will be on Raj Bhavan, Chennai, on Thursday. Governor Vidyasagar Rao will visit Tamil Nadu to put an end to the ongoing political crisis in the state. The big question is-who will become the Chief Minister of the southern state? Will it be Sasikala Natarajan or O Paneerselvam? The Governor has to take a call on the issue.
He has already accepted Panneerselvam’s resignation and instructed him to remain as the care-taker CM for the time being. Finally, the camp with required number of MLAs will win the political battle.