If Sasikala has the confidence of her MLAs, why hold them hostages in a resort – is this a season for VIP massages?

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New Delhi | Published: February 9, 2017 11:19:42 PM

Accompanied by 10 Ministers, Sasikala met the Governor this evening and their meeting lasted more than ten minutes, leading to much speculation about what the implications are likely to be.

Amidst much drama this evening, Sasikala paid her tributes to Jayalalithaa's memorial. (PTI)Amidst much drama this evening, Sasikala paid her tributes to Jayalalithaa?s memorial. (PTI)

Amidst much drama this evening, Sasikala paid her tributes to Jayalalithaa’s memorial. Looking solemn and teary-eyed, she paid her respects and placed the letter of support at the memorial as though seeking the blessings of Amma to stake claim to form the government in Tamil Nadu.

Accompanied by 10 Ministers, Sasikala met the Governor this evening and their meeting lasted more than ten minutes, leading to much speculation about what the implications are likely to be. She walked out after the meeting, smiling. The earlier solemn, sad-faced Madam looked more in control of the situation than before. The Governor sent his report to the Centre and to the President thereafter. In his report to Centre, the Governor reportedly maintained that the situation is fluid and made it clear that there is no situation that demands President’s rule.

In what is now being seen as a shocking development, TV reports suggest that Sasikala had kept her MLAs in a resort to be away from the limelight and enjoy massages. More shockingly, another view that is being reported is that the MLAs are being locked up as hostages and not allowed to walk free. This news was further confirmed by senior journalist N. Ram on India Today TV channel.

Apsara Reddy, AIADMK spokesperson, was quick to rubbish these reports, saying, “Madam Sasikala has no trust deficit, the MLAs have not been locked up. It is their decision where MLAs plan to meet – this is not for public consumption.”

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“What is happening is ugly. If these reports are true, something must be done about it. You cannot function in a democracy by holding MLAs as hostages,” DMK’s Kanimozhi told TV reporters.

Speaking to India Today TV channel, Khushbu Sundar, Congress spokesperson stated, “I am speaking as a citizen of the state who is concerned about what is happening here. OPS has the support of the people, it is not just social media that is supporting him. Every Tamilian is asking for OPS to be made Chief Minister. No one is supporting Sasikala. I am not against Sasikala, but if she enjoys the confidence of her MLAs, why is she locking them up? Let them free.”

Actor Gautami stated, “Sasikala has no governance or political experience at all. This position and the responsibilities that come with it are too immense and we cannot play with the future of Tamil Nadu or people’s lives.Think of the people of Tamil Nadu – this is about how we wish to be governed in the state. There is no qualification, no assurance of capability or competence to govern a state like ours.”

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N Ram, senior journalist, made an interesting observation, “Did Jayalalithaa or Karunanidhi ever resort to such measures even in times of difficulties? This situation raises serious concerns.

Emotions are running high. Strong voices and opinions continue to pour forth – Gautami and Khusbu Sundar spoke today, not as women or as actors, but as key stakeholders in Tamil Nadu’s future. They are citizens of a state who don’t want to be ruled by an incompetent individual who is driven by greed than the need to serve the people – their verdict is clear. They don’t want Chinnamma to swear in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Their reason is simple and logical – this decision impacts the lives of people and the political future of a state that ias at a critical juncture. They don’t want to risk it. Would you feel any differently if you were in their shoes?

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