India: Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General advises governor to conduct floor test!

India: Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General advises governor to conduct floor test!
-Dr. Abdul ruff Colachal
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Tamil Nadu is passing through a difficult phase in its political history. AIADMK’s interim general secretary Sasikala has been demanding the Governor to swear her in as she has a clear majority of party MLAs in the assembly, while CM Panneerselvam has demanded to let him withdraw his resignation letter because he did so on coercion by Sasikala

Even while most AIADMK MLAs are kept in a 5 star hotel spending huge sums on each – have they been purchased by Sasikala like the cricketers in IPL or footballers at ISL by India’s billionaires and corporate lords, who evade taxes and increase their black money?

One such AIADMK MLAs Saravanan MLA from South Madurai constituency-who was locked in the star hotel, escaped in a guise and escaped from the hotel. There is a case in the High court about the kidnaping and secretly keeping of MLAs in a unknown place.

In a dramatic turn of events in political crisis in Tamil Nadu, India, arising out of division in the ruling AIADMK following the death of its leader Jayalalithaa, the Attorney General of India has said the Governor needs to go for a floor test to ascertain the support of party MLAs by the CM Pannerselvam and his rival Sasikala.

After the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s opinion was consulted on Saturday, the A-G advised Governor Vidyasagar Rao to conduct a floor test within a week. If Rao heeds his advice, this will be the first time that the two chief ministerial candidates will face a direct face-off and the numbers will determine the ultimate results. Sources said that the opinion was sought by Rao from the Attorney General who has cited the 1998 Supreme Court judgement in the Jagdambika Pal case in which the apex court had ordered a floor test in the Assembly to determine who among the two claimants — Jagdambika Pal and Kalyan Singh — had the majority for chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh.

The opinion, the sources said, has stated that Governor should call a special session within a week’s time and have a composite floor test as was ordered by the Supreme Court in the Jagdambika Pal case”. The opinion on floor test was given as the two claimants are from the same party and they will be pitted against each other to determine who commands majority support in the Assembly, the sources said.
SC verdict to decide Sasikala’s political future

Having secretly kept her future plan Sasikala decided to execute it in perfection with the help of CM Panneerselvam but it got misfired as the governor refused to sear her in for serious legal reasons. Though she could be punished for her financial crimes she insists she should be invited by the governor to form government wither favorite MLAs who support her more actively than others. After much wait, a bench of Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy is likely to pronounce the judgment at 10.30 am on February 14 Tuesday on a batch of appeals, including the one filed by the Karnataka government against the high court verdict acquitting prime accused Jayalalithaa and her close aide (and now AIADMK’s interim general secretary and temporary legislature party head) Sasikala in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

Prosecution lawyer says that verdict would be given on Sasikala one way or the other.

 

Sasikala keeps visiting ‘detained’ MLAs

Ahead of the verdict, Sasikala visited the five-star Golden Bay resort (Rs 10,000 per day per MLA plus othr charges for “special” services) where many of the MLAs who are supporting her have been touted to be detained forcibly. She conducted a press meet where she visible broke down repeatedly while saying she was asked by people to carry on Amma’s legacy.

The resort has been blocked to the public and the media but Sasikala has denied holding lawmakers hostage in an extreme measure to check defection. In a show of tearful address to the MLAs at the resort, Sasikala urged the legislators to help capture the secretariat for her. She also revealed the final words that Jayalalithaa spoke to her were, “No one can destroy our party,” before adding that she would “sacrifice her life” for the party.

In a way to keep the MLAs under her control, Sasikala said she had come to know of a conspiracy being hatched to divide the party after the death of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu in December. “With the party having a cadre strength of 1.5 crore no ‘komban’ (person with great skills) can break the AIADMK,” she told the cheering crowd. A composed but worried Sasikala said that she and Jayalalithaa together had seen 1,000 such ‘Panneerselvams’ so she is not scared.” Speaking in front of a few supporters at the Poes Garden, and later at the Golden Bay resort, Sasikala was seen evoking memories of Amma’s political journey in order help to garner people’s sympathy towards her as the suffering loyalist. “The party cadres are with me,” she said, adding, “As long as the cadres are with me and with Amma’s blessings, an AIADMK government will be in place.

Sasikala’s supporters

Meanwhile, the BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that Governor Rao should invite Sasikala to form the next government. Swamy also clarified that considering Sasikala has the majority, constitutionally she can form the government under the Constitution’s Article 191. Swamy was “certain” that a few Union Ministers were interfering with the political affairs of the state of Tamil Nadu while the AIADMK is busy infighting. Following his allegation, Swamy filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking appointment of Sasikala as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. He says that even Advocate Soli Sorabjee has agreed that the governor cannot delay Sasikala’s swearing-in indefinitely, though he also said governor can delay the decision. Swamy also said that a constitutional breakdown in Tamil Nadu has happened because of the governor’s delay in swearing in Sasikala.

Sorabjee stated that “the Governor is well within his rights to defer the swearing-in for a few days particularly when the (verdict in the) disproportionate assets case, involving Sasikala, is imminent”. On the other hand, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that considering this political crisis is an internal matter of the state, the Centre cannot do much about it.

AIADMK MP R Parthiban representing Theni district called on Panneerselvam at his residence in Chennai on Sunday evening and offered his support, taking the total number of Parliamentarians in his favour to 11. Meanwhile, a Panneerselvam supporter MP V Maithreyan also met the governor on the same day.

Sasikala’s party spokesperson Vaigai Chelvan said O Panneerselvam had the support of just seven MLAs and therefore cannot prove his majority in the state Assembly in the event of a floor test.”The majority of the AIADMK MLAs are with Chinnamma (Sasikala) and we are ready to prove our strength (in a floor test),” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, there was a security breach at Kanimozhi’s house where masked men who entered the house for robbery. The man, who entered the house just after Kanimozhi left for a DMK party meeting with M K Stalin, was arrested.
This advice from the Attorney General is very close to what the CM Panneerselvam has requested the Governor to do to settle issue. However, Governor is not bound by anybody’s advice as he can decide the matter on his own on consultation with legal experts.

Now Panneerselvam’s resolution to continue to rule the state would be tabled for test by MLAs along with that of Sasikala’s demand for swearing in.
A special session of Assembly could be convened shortly to undertake the floor test to ascertain the support being enjoyed by both CM Panneerselvam and Sasikala, sources at Governor’s office said that soon a notification might be issued by the Governor in this regard.

Meanwhile, reliable sources said the judgment of Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case would be declared tomorrow or day after. The judgment is being reserved even before Jayalalithaa died mainly because of the anxiety that there could be repercussions in the state leading to deaths by AIADMK party workers as it had happened earlier when Jayalalithaa was jailed in Bengaluru.

Amidst the growing suspense over the pending Supreme Court verdict on VK Sasikala’s involvement in the disproportionate assets case and Attorney General’s advice for a floor test, here are the key highlights on how the Tamil Nadu political crisis took shape on the seventh day.

Not only shrewd Sasikala but also her supporters in politics and media are deeply disturbed and highly disappointed by the turn of events that go against Sasikala and move in favor of OPS.
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Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General asks governor to conduct floor test!

Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General asks governor to conduct floor test!

-Dr. Abdul ruff Colachal

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Tamil Nadu is passing through a difficult phase in its political history. AIADMK’s interim general secretary Sasikala has been demanding the Governor to swear her in as she  has a clear majority of party MLAs in the assembly, while CM Panneerselvam has demanded to let him withdraw his resignation letter  because he did so on  coercion by Sasikala

In a dramatic turn of events in political crisis in Tamil Nadu, India, arising out of division in the ruling AIADMK following the death of its leader Jayalalithaa, the Attorney general of India has said the Governor needs to  go for a floor test to ascertain the support  of party MLAs by the CM Pannerselvam and his rival Sasikala.

This advice from the Attorney General is very close to what the CM Panneerselvam has requested the Governor to do to settle issue.

Now Panneerselvam’s resolution to continue to rule the state would be tabled for test by MLAs along with that of Sasikala’s demand for swearing in.

A special session of Assembly would be convened shortly to undertake the floor test to ascertain the support being enjoyed by both CM Panneerselvam and Sasikala, sources at Governor’s office said that soon a notification would be issued by the Governor in this regard

Meanwhile, reliable sources said the judgment of Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case would be declared tomorrow or day after. The judgment is being reserved even before Jayalalithaa died mainly because of the anxiety that there could be repercussions in the state leading to deaths by AIADMK party workers as it had happened earlier when Jayalalithaa was jailed in Bengaluru. .

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India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

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India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala’s theatrics to directly control both the ruling party and government has not produced the expected results for her; though she managed to take full control of the party, she could become CM as quickly as she wanted even though CM O. Panneer Selvam obliged his “Chinnamma” (little mother) by sending in his resignation to the governor. CM OPS since then quickly began asserting himself for the first time in his political career and revolted against her mischievous attempt to throw him out and replace him as CM. In order to show that she is just like Jaya could be ruthless with part people and people, making them prostrate at her feet. That would be crude fate of Tamils- someone without any sacrifice to the cause…

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India: Tamil Nadu political turmoil: Let CM Panneerselvam and rival Sasikala prove their popular support in fresh assembly poll

India: Tamil Nadu political turmoil: Let CM Panneerselvam and rival Sasikala prove their popular support in fresh assembly poll

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala’s theatrics to directly control both the ruling AIADMK party and government has not produced the expected results for her; though she managed to take full control of the party, she could become CM as quickly as she wanted even though CM O. Panneer Selvam obliged his “Chinnamma” (little mother) by sending in his resignation to the governor. CM OPS since then quickly began asserting himself for the first time in his political career and revolted against her mischievous attempt to throw him out and replace him as CM. In order to show that she is just like Jaya could be ruthless with part people and people, making them prostrate at her feet. That would be crude fate of Tamils- someone without any sacrifice to the cause of people want to make them fools and salves. .

The AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu, supposedly under the secret custody of Sasikala now, who is keen to takeover both the ruling party and government to make big profits in her business as well as of close allies have disgraced their mandate given to them by the people of Tamil Nadu as they cannot be trusted. “Mini mother” Sasikala is angry that Panneerselvam has stopped supporting her secret agenda for the state and so she wants Panneerselvam removed as CM.

How does Sasikala think she is popular Jayalalithaa or her equal? Generally Tamils do sympathize with her dirty efforts to fool the public and assume power in the state. Until Jayalalithaa’s death Sasikala was nowhere but she came occupy space near Jayalalithaa’s dead body as it was kept for public view and since then she has on hr way to power by using those MLAs and ministers whom Jayalalithaa did not promote as Acting CM.

Sasikala is keen to form the government and is pressurizing the Governor and central government to help her swearing in. Senior BJP leader seems to sympathize with Sasikala and has warned the governor that he would file a case against him in the court. Sasikala has also warned the Governor of “change of political course” if he continues to ignore her claim to enter the Madras Fort- the seat of state government.

Is Sasikala taking revenge on Jayalalithaa now that she is gone and cannot come back?

There cannot be second opinion that people of Tamil Nadu had given the AIADMK the mandate to rule the state solely because of their trust in and powerful campaign of former CM and AIADMK general secretary and not for Sasikala’s unilateral takeover of the party and her strenuous efforts to replace CM Panneerselvam as the head of the government.

Neither Sasikala nor Panneerselvam could claim heir to Jayalalithaa, though the latter has been proffered by the Jayalalithaa to run the government. But Sasikala and those ministers who were feeling insulted by Jayalalithaa for superseding their seniority in picking a junior Panneerselvam to head the head the government. Sasikala is exploiting the   hatred of CM Panneerselvam

While Panneerselvam was a part of Jayalalithaa’s government for many years and the Acting CM in the absence of Jayalalithaa who was sent to jail on her illegal wealth, Sasikala was not even considered fit for the purpose by her “close” friend Jayalalithaa who obviously had not rusted Sasikala and even had evicted from her Poes garden residence for years. Sasikala was taken back other house only when the disproportionate wealth in which both got involved became complicated and Jayalalithaa wanted to have common stand on the issue.

Sasikala tells the innocent Tamils that she would provide a Jayalalithaa government. Only to fool them and loot the state’s resources along with her secret allies that give her new ideas to see the AIADMK is split and gone from the state.

Sasikala calculates she can invoke Jayalalithaa and take the lead in AIADMK like Jayalalithaa had done after the death of her mentor MGR when she was sidelined by MGR’s close associates made his wife and actress VN Janaki the CM which later collapsed leading to a general poll which Jayalalithaa used to prove that she is the real AIADMK though the party lost and DMK made a strong come back.

Everything went well si Sasikala’s plan to become CM of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa until OPS objected to her rising to power , fearing  his own end under her. It appears she was waiting for Jayalalithaa’s death to assume power by generating favorites in the party.

OPS ask if everyone who worked in Jayalalithaa’s house would become Amma.

Sasikala is scared of elections as people would teach her a valuable lesson for betraying Jayalalithaa by pulling down her protégé and chief minister OPS from power as her first action after becoming interim general secretary of the ruling party. .

Interestingly, Sasikala and those who oppose Panneerselvam and even Jayalalithaa are keen to take revenge on both OPS and Jayalalithaa who selectively promoted party leaders to power and ignored even Sasikala. Now Sasikala wants to form a government with her own dummies who worship her with complete loyalty and never utter a word against her.  Once in power, she would gradually drop Jayalalithaa and MGR and promote herself as the greatest Tamil Nadu.

Can a person claim chief ministerial berth just because she was working in Jayalalithaa’s house and kicked out of the house for wrong doings?

While the MLAs were elected to help the common people of Tamil nadu today they are enjoying the five star hotel life in Mahabalipuram where each room costs about Rs 10,000 per day. Everyday Sasikala is spending at least Rs 2 crores of rupees on the MLAs secret stared life comforts. Is Sasikala spending her money or from the AIADMK funds of carders?

Her elevation to be the AIADMK supremo is improper and so her occupation of Poes garden assets.

Clearly, Sasikala is trying to the obtain throne and wealth of Jayalalithaa without even being an elected MLA and without the tacit approval of Jayalalithaa. That is both illegal and immoral.

Sasikala’s resolution seems to be clear; either she should be the CM or AIADMK be split and disappear.  That is too selfish.

TN Governor would do better to get the state assembly dissolved and new elections held for the state to end the political impasse and help the state to return to normalcy.

Let people of Tamil Nadu decide the fate of CM candidate Sasikala and her business associates under the guise of MLAs, MPs, ministers, etc.  Sasikala’s short cut attempt to power could be exposed and opposed by the people.

The fresh poll in TN should be completed and results announced preferably before the presidential poll.

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India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala’s theatrics to directly control both the ruling party and government has not produced the expected results for her; though she managed to take full control of the party, she could become CM as quickly as she wanted even though CM O. Panneer Selvam obliged his “Chinnamma” (little mother) by sending in his resignation to the governor. CM OPS since then quickly began asserting himself for the first time in his political career and revolted against her mischievous attempt to throw him out and replace him as CM. In order to show that she is just like Jaya could be ruthless with part people and people, making them prostrate at her feet. That would be crude fate of Tamils- someone without any sacrifice to the cause of people want to make them fools and salves. .

The AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu, supposedly under the secret custody of Sasikala now, who is keen to takeover both the ruling party and government to make big profits in her business as well as of close allies have disgraced their mandate given to them by the people of Tamil Nadu as they cannot be trusted. “Mini mother” Sasikala is angry that Panneerselvam has stopped supporting her secret agenda for the state and so she wants Panneerselvam removed as CM.

How does Sasikala think she is popular Jayalalithaa or her equal? Generally Tamils do sympathize with her dirty efforts to fool the public and assume power in the state. Until Jayalalithaa’s death Sasikala was nowhere but she came occupy space near Jayalalithaa’s dead body as it was kept for public view and since then she has on hr way to power by using those MLAs and ministers whom Jayalalithaa did not promote as Acting CM.

Sasikala is keen to form the government and is pressurizing the Governor and central government to help her swearing in. Senior BJP leader seems to sympathize with Sasikala and has warned the governor that he would file a case against him in the court. Sasikala has also warned the Governor of “change of political course” if he continues to ignore her claim to enter the Madras Fort- the seat of state government.

Is Sasikala taking revenge on Jayalalithaa now that she is gone and cannot come back?

There cannot be second opinion that people of Tamil Nadu had given the AIADMK the mandate to rule the state solely because of their trust in and powerful campaign of former CM and AIADMK general secretary and not for Sasikala’s unilateral takeover of the party and her strenuous efforts to replace CM Panneerselvam as the head of the government.

Neither Sasikala nor Panneerselvam could claim heir to Jayalalithaa, though the latter has been proffered by the Jayalalithaa to run the government. But Sasikala and those ministers who were feeling insulted by Jayalalithaa for superseding their seniority in picking a junior Panneerselvam to head the head the government. Sasikala is exploiting the   hatred of CM Panneerselvam

While Panneerselvam was a part of Jayalalithaa’s government for many years and the Acting CM in the absence of Jayalalithaa who was sent to jail on her illegal wealth, Sasikala was not even considered fit for the purpose by her “close” friend Jayalalithaa who obviously had not rusted Sasikala and even had evicted from her Poes garden residence for years. Sasikala was taken back other house only when the disproportionate wealth in which both got involved became complicated and Jayalalithaa wanted to have common stand on the issue.

Sasikala tells the innocent Tamils that she would provide a Jayalalithaa government. Only to fool them and loot the state’s resources along with her secret allies that give her new ideas to see the AIADMK is split and gone from the state.

While the MLAs were elected to help the common people of Tamil nadu today they are enjoying the five star hotel life in Mahabalipuram where each room costs about Rs 10,000 per day. Everyday Sasikala is spending at least Rs 2 crores of rupees on the MLAs secret stared life comforts. Is Sasikala spending her money or from the AIADMK funds of carders?

Her elevation to be the AIADMK supremo is improper and so her occupation of Poes garden assets.

Clearly, Sasikala is trying to the obtain throne and wealth of Jayalalithaa without even being an elected MLA and without the tacit approval of Jayalalithaa. That is both illegal and immoral.

Sasikala’s resolution seems to be clear; either she should be the CM or AIADMK be split and disappear.  That is too selfish.She wants to show she cannot compromise but she refuses understand that she is not Jayalalithaa who could do that fearlessly. .

Both factions refuse to budge and make efforts to reunite in order to  not only ensure smooth functioning of the OPS government but also, more importantly,  amke the people  feel happy that they have done anything wrong by voting jayalalithaa’s party to power. .

TN Governor would do better to get the state assembly dissolved and new elections held for the state to end the political impasse and help the state to return to normalcy.

Let people of Tamil Nadu decide the fate of CM candidate Sasikala and her business associates under the guise of MLAs, MPs, ministers, etc.  Sasikala’s short cut attempt to power could be exposed and opposed by the people.

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