Even though he has been given 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly, he has the support of a majority of AIADMK MLAs.
Even in defeat, Sasikala has won the war against O Panneerselvam as E Palanisamy her proxy will be sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu at 4.30 pm today. Even though he has been given 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly, he has the support of a majority of AIADMK MLAs. They are stated to be 123 in number.
It may be recalled that his election came at an emergency meeting called by Sasikala at a resort within hours of the Supreme Court upholding a Bengaluru trial court order convicting her in the disproportionate assets case, dealing a body blow to her hopes of becoming the Chief Minister. Minutes after the apex court delivered the verdict, Sasikala went into a huddle with her MLAs to decide on the future course of action.
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The apex court on Tuesday had quashed the Karnataka High Court verdict that had acquitted Sasikala in the assets case and asked her to surrender herself forthwith. Sasikala was elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader on February 5, paving the way for her becoming Chief Minister. Two days later, Pannerselvam rebelled against her.
Sasikala on Tuesday sacked Panneerselvam, who had been continuing as caretaker Chief Minister, from the AIADMK’s primary membership.
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Palaniswami had asserted that he has been chosen “unanimously” by party legislators. The meeting to elect the new legislature party leader was chaired by Sasikala.
He had sent a letter to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao staking claim to form government on Tuesday and today the Governor invited him to form the government, however, this was done after he provided the official paper of his election signed by the other legislators.”