Chennai: From Poes Garden and Greenways Road, the residences of V K Sasikala and O Panneerselvam, the focus of the political crisis in Tamil Nadu shifted to the Raj Bhawan on Thursday evening as Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao arrived in Chennai to take stock of the situation.
Rao met Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and will soon meet AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala.
While Rao met OPS at 5 pm, Sasikala’s meeting with the Governor is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Panneerselvam was expected to explain his charge that he was “forced and compelled” into tendering his resignation to the Governor. Sasikala will stake claim to form the government as her camp claims the support of 131 MLAs.
The Governor, sources say, has decided to wait till the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the appeal filed by the Karnataka government against the acquittal of Sasikala and others in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.
The Governor, a political veteran who had his humble beginnings in the RSS and had worked with veterans like former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, is unlikely to rush into any decision.
Eminent jurist Soli S Sorabjee had opined that Governor Rao should defer the swearing-in ceremony till the verdict.
If needed, the Governor will also consult legal experts in Chennai on the options before him. Another view is that the Governor should wait for the fight within the ruling party to recede and then call the leader who commands majority to form government.
While Panneerselvam has declared he could prove majority on the floor of the House, Sasikala says she can be sworn-in as Chief Minister since she enjoys majority in the AIADMK Legislature Party.