SASIKALA'S SWEARING IN AS CHIEF MINISTER HANGS IN BALANCE

Chennai, Feb 07:
Tamil Nadu Politics plunged into confusion following doubts about the swearing-in of  V K Sasikala as Chief Minister of the State.  The confusion was triggered off by allegations made by  P H Padian, former Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly, regarding the circumstances leading to J Jayalalithaa's death. 

Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, who holds additional charge of Tamil Nadu, did not take a final call on the date and time of the swearing in of Sasikala, but is reported to have sought legal opinion on the administering of oath of office in the context of the Supreme Court's observation that it would give a final verdict on the 20-year-old dispropotionate wealth case against the Chief Minister aspirant and the late Jayalalithaa.

In a shocking revelation , Pandian, while addressing a press conference in Chennai on Tuesday alleged that Jayalalithaa's death was unnatural and sought a probe into  Sasikala's conduct when the late chief minister was down with bad health. "She was poisoned an pushed from the stairs," he said. 
Pandian wanted the probe to focus on conduct of  of Sasikala and her family before and after Jayalalithaa's death from the night of September 22, the fateful day that Jayalalithaa was admitted to office. 

Pandian attacked Sasikala's elevation , stating that she was  incapable of donning the mantle of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. He termed her elevation as a "a criminal coup".   "She does not have the madate of the party, she does not have the mandate of the party cadre and she does not have the mandate of the people of Tamil Nadu," he declared.

Padian's claims about Jayalalithaa's death came just a day after doctors who treated her  in Apollo Hospital, made a public clarification about “misconceptions about the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation.”
The AIADMK had anointed sasikala as party general secrertary the other day. On Sundaty, the AIADMK legislature party elected her as its leader, setting the stage for her take over as Chief Minister. The incumbent Chief Minister O Pannerselvam submitted his resignation to facilitate Sasikala's swearing in by Tuesday.

 The preparation for the swearing in ceremony was currently on at the Madras Presidency centenarary auditorium. The hopes of holding the function on Tuesday itself appear to have receded because the Governor was away and was officially stated to be unavailable till Thursday. 

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