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Tamil Nadu CM controversy: Governor Rao to fly to Chennai

The prospects of Sasikala’s immediate swearing-in as chief minister faded with Rao heading to Mumbai on Monday night.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2017 07:14 IST
Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Vidya Sagar Rao.
Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Vidya Sagar Rao.(PTI photo)

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu governor C Vidya Sagar Rao is likely to fly to Chennai on Tuesday or Wednesday amid political developments in the southern state where O Panneerselvam has been replaced by VK Sasikala as leader of the ruling AIADMK legislature party.

Read: Tamil Nadu governor in Mumbai: Suspense remains over Sasikala’s swearing-in

“Governor may leave for Chennai today or tomorrow,” Raj Bhavan sources said on Tuesday.

The prospects of Sasikala’s immediate swearing-in as chief minister faded with Rao heading to Mumbai on Monday night from New Delhi, instead of flying to Chennai amid reports that he was seeking legal advice before administering the oath of office to Sasikala.

Rao had travelled from Coimbatore to the national capital on Monday night.

The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it could deliver a judgement soon in a disproportionate assets case against Sasikala, who became general secretary of AIADMK after the death of Jayalalithaa.

A conviction after being sworn-in could result in Sasikala having to step down as chief minister.

A PIL was also filed in the apex court on Monday seeking to restrain Sasikala from being sworn-in as chief minister claiming in the event of her having to resign if she is convicted in the DA case, there could be a law and order problem in the state.

Sasikala was elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party on Sunday, clearing the decks for her elevation as the chief minister.

Chief minister Panneerselvam on Monday tendered his resignation to the governor, which was accepted.

According to Chennai reports, the Madras University Auditorium, which had earlier hosted the swearing-in of Jayalalithaa, was being spruced up for the swearing in of Sasikala.