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Sasikala Unlikely to be Sworn-in Today; Governor Goes in for Legal Opinion

Suspense over the swearing-in ceremony of VK Sasikala continued as sources said Governor Vidyasagar Rao cancelled his programmes scheduled for Tuesday and was likely to seek legal opinion on the AIADMK general secretary’s elevation as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Pallavi Ghosh, Poornima Muralipallavighcnnibn

Updated:February 7, 2017, 9:58 AM IST

New Delhi/Chennai: Suspense over the swearing-in ceremony of VK Sasikala on Tuesday continued as Governor Vidyasagar Rao reportedly cancelled his programmes and returned to Mumbai.

Top sources told CNN-News18 that there was a good chance he would seek legal opinion on the AIADMK general secretary’s elevation as Tamil Nadu CM before he returns to Chennai.

Sources in the AIADMK told CNN-News18 that the swearing-in ceremony, which was to be held on Tuesday at the Madras University hall, may now take place on February 9.

ALSO READ: Plea in SC to Stay Sasikala's Swearing-in till Verdict in Disproportionate Assets Case

Raj Bhavan sources said that the Governor was concerned about the stability of the new government as the disproportionate assets case against Sasikala was pending in the Supreme Court, with a verdict likely to be delivered next week. If convicted, Sasikala will lose the CM’s chair and will be barred from electoral politics. The Governor has sought an opinion from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, sources said.

Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, a social organisation from Tamil Nadu, has also approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the swearing-in ceremony till a verdict is delivered in the disproportionate assets case.

ALSO READ: After Series of 'Outsiders', Sasikala to be first Tamil CM in 29 Years

AIADMK MLAs elected Sasikala, a close aide of the late CM J Jayalalithaa for nearly three decades, as the legislature party leader on Sunday.

Earlier, she was elected as the AIADMK general secretary, a few days after Jayalalithaa’s death. Things have been moving at a fast clip in Chennai since last Friday when chief minister O Pannerselvam removed three top bureaucrats who had worked closely with Jayalalithaa.

The move was seen as part of efforts to help Sasikala bring in her own team, and fuelling the rumours further, Panneerselvam gave his resignation as CM on Sunday.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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