Sasikala meets Guv, stakes claim to form govt in TN

9 Feb 2017

AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala today staked claim to form the government during a 40-minute meeting with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who arrived in the city this afternoon.

Couple of hours after caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam visited Rao, Sasikala called on the Governor and gave him a letter presumably containing the names of MLAs who elected her as AIADMK Legislature Party Leader, and requested him to invite her to form the government. However, the Governor's response is not immediately known. Sasikala arrived at 7.25 pm at the Raj Bhavan and left after a meeting that lasted about 40 minutes. At 5 pm, Panneerselvam had called on Rao and after a brief meeting told newspersons that "good things will happen and dharma will triumph".

Attired in her signature green saree, the AIADMK General Secretary this evening visited the memorial of her predecessor Jayalalithaa, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, including some senior ministers, prior to her meeting with the Governor. A teary-eyed Sasikala placed before the memorial a big closed envelope believed to be the list of MLAs who have endorsed her candidature for the top post. She offered rose petals and kneeled at the memorial. Her supporters also joined Sasikala in prayers with folded hands. On Sunday, Sasikala was elected the Legislature Party Leader, paving her way for her elevation as Chief Minister.

AIADMK had claimed that 131 MLAs had attended a meeting called by her on Wednesday in the wake of a rebellion by Panneerselvam. In a sudden twist of events, Panneerselvam had raised a banner of revolt, stalling the process of Sasikala's elevation with the Governor taking his time to take a decision.
According to latest reports the working chief minister is now meeting his supporters at his Greenways Road official residence.

Sasikala was elected Legislature Party Leader on February 5, paving the way for her becoming the chief minister.