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AIADMK crisis: Confusion over existence of Governor Rao's report pushes Sasikala-OPS to the brink

Conflicting reports emerged about a three-page report from Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, supposedly submitted to the Union home ministry, wherein the Governor reportedly said that VK Sasikala cannot be sworn in as the chief minister immediately due to the pending DPA case against her in the Supreme Court.

(L) VK Sasikala and OP Panneerselvam.

(L) VK Sasikala and OP Panneerselvam.

Initially broke by India Today, the news report said that Sasikala is not being favoured by Rao as the next chief minister for various reasons. However soon after, other channels including CNN-news18 cited sources from Raj Bhavan claiming that no such report has been sent to the home ministry yet.

The report, which India Today claimed to be the communication to the Centre, detailed out reasons on why Sasikala could not make the cut.

"... in view of this impending judgement, whether she will be in a position to contest election to get elected as a legislator within six months. Even when there is an iota of doubt about the ability of the person to get elected to Assembly within six months, Article 164 (4) has to be interpreted as a restriction/disqualification as contained in the interpretation by Hon'ble Supreme Court.... Governor is also bound by Constitution to satisfy himself that a person staking claim would form a stable government. In view of the impending judgement in the DPA case an uncertainty exists about the qualification of Tmt. VK Sasikala to become an MLA," Rao said in his report to the Centre, the India Today claimed.

"Under these circumstances, the Governor is bound by the Constitution to wait for a few days so that a clear picture emerges enabling him to discharge his duties in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution," the governor, according to India Today said in his report.

It said that The Tamil Nadu governor also took cognisance of media reports on the PILs against Sasikala filed in the Supreme Court citing that "the same is pending disposal".

The report which India Today flashed as the one being sent to New Delhi from Chennai called the current political situation prevailing in the state as one limited to "the internal affairs of the ruling party" and not a constitutional crisis as O Panneerselvam is continuing as the caretaker chief minister.

The governor, as reported by India Today denied any law and order problem in the state saying that "Jallikattu is being held at various centres successfully with ususal joy and fervour". However, he expressed concern over reports äbout certain allegations of MLAs being confined and possibilities of horse trading" and asked the police "to verify the allegations and ensure that the MLAs are at their free will", the report which India Today broadcasted as the governor's said.

Updated Date: Feb 10, 2017 23:22 PM

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