Chennai, Aug 18: There is still some suspense remaining on who would replace K Rosaiah as the Governor of Tamil Nadu. While the name of senior BJP leader from Karnatak, D H Shankarmurthy was almost finalised, there appears to be a twist in the tale.
At the moment the name of Anandiben Patel, the former Chief Minister of Gujarat too is doing the rounds. Rosaiah will complete his term on August 31. Incidentally he is the only UPA appointed governor to complete his full term.
Many had thought that Shankarmurthy's name had been cleared following his recent visit to New Delhi where he held a meeting with BJP's National President Amit Shah. Shah had hinted during the meeting that he should be prepared for a bigger role.
However, now the name of Anandiben Patel too has cropped up. This is largely because Tamil Nadu is likely to have problems with a governor who hails from Karnataka. Both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have strained relations over the Cauvery Waters issue.
In such a scenario the appointment of a senior leader from Karnataka is unlikely to go down too well with the Tamil Nadu chief Minister.
Sources say that there was a communication from Tamil Nadu to the national leadership of the BJP regarding the appointment of a Karnataka man for the post of Governor.
Moreover the TN CM also favours a woman candidate. TN had also indicated that the CM would prefer a woman candidate and hence the BJP leadership is seriously contemplating the name of Anandiben Patel for the post of Governor.
A senior BJP leader when asked about this development refused to confirm the development. He however, added that some new considerations had come up and the matter was under discussion.