The Supreme Court has declined an urgent hearing on a plea seeking to restrain VK Sasikala from becoming Tamil Nadu chief minister till its decision in the disproportionate assets case.
The critics of Sasikala have been justifying the delay by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in inviting Sasikala to form the new government on the grounds that an adverse verdict by the Supreme Court could dislodge her from the CM’s post.
The apex court had last year, before the demise of Jayalalithaa, reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the order of her acquittal of the Karnataka High Court.
Sasikala, a shadow of Jayalalithaa for nearly three decades, is set to become the chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as the AIADMK Legislature Party yesterday elected her as its leader, over a month after she became the party’s powerful General Secretary.
Sasikala on Thursday had staked claim to form the government during a 40-minute meeting with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who arrived in the city this afternoon.
Couple of hours after caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam visited Rao, Sasikala called on the Governor and gave him a letter presumably containing the names of MLAs who elected her as AIADMK Legislature Party Leader, and requested him to invite her to form the government.
Panneerselvam has openly revolted against Sasikala alleging that he was forced to resign as the state’s chief minister.
(With PTI inputs)