Sasikala Natarajan who was recently elected as the legislature party leader of AIADMK will not be swearing in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on February 7 as planned earlier. It is being reported that Sasikala’s swearing in ceremony has been delayed because the Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is heading to Mumbai instead of Chennai.
Additionally, a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court to stop the swearing ceremony of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s close aide, Sasikala. The PIL seeks to put a hold on Sasikala’s oath taking ceremony till the cases pending against her are resolved. The petition is referring to the dispprotionate asset case against Sasikala that is pending in the Supreme Court. It is also being reported that the Tamil Nadu government is also concerned about a stable government.
AIADMK recently announced that Sasikala Natarajan will replace O Panneerselvam who took after the demise of Jayalalithaa. The swearing in ceremony will take place at 9 am in Madras University Hall. It must be noted that Jayalalithaa had also taken oath as the Chief Minister of the state in the same hall.
Tamil Nadu Governor Vidhya Sagar Rao on February 6 accepted the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam a day after he put his papers down. The governor asserted that his resignation had been accepted and has requested Panneerselvam to continue till the further arrangements are made. The AIADMK announced that O Panneerselvam proposed the name of “Chinnamma”, Sasikala Natarajan as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party Leader.
Meanwhile, her sudden elevation has invited criticism from several quarters with the opposition party claiming that she was not appointed by the people of the state.
Sasikala, who was once sacked from AIADMK’s primary membership by Jayalalithaa for anti party activities, is leading the AIADMK, the second largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha with 37 members. The party also has 13 members in Rajya Sabanti-party.