E Palanisami will head the Tamil Nadu government while O Panneerselvam will run the AIADMK. As the two factions grew closer towards a merger and with OPS indicating that it may happen by Monday, differences have been gradually ironed out.
Which symbol would the two warring factions in the AIADMK choose? The AIADMK’s two leaves cannot be used by both the Sasikala and OPS factions as it was frozen by the Election Commission of India on Wednesday night. Both parties would have to pick a symbol on Thursday morning.
The two parties are also likely to approach the Supreme Court seeking to either stay or reverse the interim order of the ECI. In 1988, when two factions fought within the AIADMK after MGR’s death, the EC had passed a similar order. Jayalalithaa’s faction picked a ‘cock’ while the Janaki faction was allotted ‘two pigeons.’
The Election Commission will take a call on which faction of the AIADMK would get to retain the party’s symbol. Both the Sasikala and O Panneerselvam factions would argue before the EC to stake a claim to the two leaves., the AIADMK’s symbol.
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.