Besides, other measures for the smooth operaitions in the state, which is facing a drought this year, also would be affected if the issue related to who will form the government is addressed at the earliest.
At the office, the Chief Minister held discussions with the Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and DGP T K Rajendran regarding the law and order situation and the administrative issues. He was accompanied by K Pandiarajan, school education minister, the only minister to join the Panneerselvam camp after the tussle between Panneerselvam and Sasikala started last week.
On the other hand, Sasikala, who has for the third consecutive day visited the Golden Bay resort, near Chennai, where almost 119 MLAs are staying ever since the crisis started and an MLAs meeting was held in the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, last week. She also spoke to the reporters in various places, raising allegations against Panneerselvam and recollecting her days with J Jayalalithaa, the late supreme leader of AIADMK.
She said that the Supreme Court verdict is a different issue and cannot be read with the ongoing delay by the Governor in inviting her to form the government, even though she has claimed majority in the Assembly. A petition was filed by an individual against the Governor in the Supreme Court, against the delay in calling Sasikala to form the government. Sasikala said that her faction will form the government and will place Jayalalithaa's picture in the Assembly building.
As on Monday, Sasikala claims to have the support of 128 MLAs and around 28 MPs, while Panneerselvam faction have six MLAs and 11 MPs including nine from the Lok Sabha. There are a total of 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu and it require 118 members to form government. The opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has 89 members and its ally Indian National Congress has eight members in the Assembly, while Indian Union Muslim League has one member, while another member is the Speaker of the Assembly. One seat is lying vacant after the demise of Jayalalithaa.
Meanwhile, Madurai South MLA Saravanan and Madurai MP Gopalakrishnan have joined the Panneerselvam camp. Saravanan said he had to escape from the resort in Kuvathur where Sasikala is alleged to have held MLAs 'hostage'. He said Panneerselvam will be the CM and it's 'inevitable'