If security is Sasikala’s concern, then a transfer to Tihar will keep her safe

sasijailIt 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.

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Tamil Nadu gets 3rd government in less than 1 year

tngovtTamil Nadu got its third government in less than a year. After former chief minister J Jayalalithaa won the elections in May 2016, she was sworn in as the CM.
The then governor, K Rosaiah administered the oath of office to her and 28 other ministers.

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TN cabinet sworn in with Edapaddi Palanisami as CM

Chennai: Chief Minister 'Edappadi' K Palaniswami being presenting a floral bouquet by Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao after he taking the oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Thursday. PTI Photo R Senthil Kumar(PTI2_16_2017_000213B)

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.

EPS to be next Tamil Nadu CM after Governor’s invite

palaniThe 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.

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Rs 5 crore: Karnataka’s cost to conduct Jaya DA case

jaya4Bengaluru, Feb 16: 1With the two-decade-old disproportionate assets case finally coming to an end, Karnataka has decided to seek a reimbursement from Tamil Nadu. The case was transferred to Karnataka by the Supreme Court as it felt a fair trial may not be accorded in Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka has borne all the expenses towards this case since 2003, these include setting up a court hall, paying the translators, judges salaries, lawyers fee etc.

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Direct guv to ensure government formation in TN, SC petitioned

sasiopsA petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the governor to speed up process relating to the formation of a government in Tamil Nadu.

The petition alleges that there has been a delay on part of the governor in inviting the single largest party to form the government. The court is likely to hear the matter on Tuesday.

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OPS favourite child of TN, says senior AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan

opsChennai, 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.

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Stall Sasi from becomig CM: SC says no urgency

sasikala2Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is expected to consult with the speaker of the legislature assembly about the possibility of conducting a simultaneous floor. The possibility of such a test arises since there are two claimants to the post of chief minister in the state.

Both Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala have claimed that they have the numbers in the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly. Both leaders also met with Rao on Thursday and staked a claim to form the government.

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What transpired between Sasikala and the guv in the meet

sasigovAIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan who spent 30 minutes with Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday, staked a claim to form the government. The governor, prior to the meeting had conveyed that there shall be no parading of MLAs at the Raj Bhavan and she can be accompanied only by 10 ministers. All eyes are on the governor today, whose decision would put an end to the ongoing turmoil in Tamil Nadu politics.

The governor has been holding meetings with legal experts to decide on the next course of action. He was handed out a list of supporters backing Sasikala, but has not made any decision. This has even prompted BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to say, “What is he waiting for? She has shown the letter of support.”

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A timeline of the Jayalalithaa DA case: 1996 to 2016

jaya-sasiIt is almost certain that the fate of Tamil Nadu politics and the elevation of Sasikala Natarajan as the chief minister would be dependent on the outcome of the Disproportionate Assets case in the Supreme Court.
The SC is very likely to pronounce the verdict next week after Karnataka, the prosecuting state made a ‘very’ loud mention reminding the bench that the verdict had to be passed soon as orders had been reserved almost eight months ago.

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