AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan has been put on wait by Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao, who has refused to budge and yield to any pressure from Sasikala and her supporters. Although there is no official statement from Raj Bhavan, sources say that Rao is waiting for the verdict in the disproportionate assets case.
Sasikala's impatience is visible. She has already twice visited the resort in which her MLAs have been stqaying in the last two days. She has been issuing veiled threats and has even gone on to say that she is not being invited (to form the government) because she is a woman. Her impatience and desperation is to do with the fact that Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who very surprisingly revolted has been getting a lot of support both from the public and cadres of the AIADMK.
It is clear that Sasikala is the not the kind who will take things lying down. For her it has become an ego issue and she would go that extra mile to ensure that OPS does not have his way. There is already talk that she has a plan-B in place. She may pick K A Sengottaiyan or E K Palaniswami as the leader of the party.
The party, however, maintains that there is no plan B in place and Sasikala is their undisputed leader. Even if she wants to put into force plan-B she may do it after the Supreme Court verdict. If she is cleared in the case, then the governor will have no option but to invite her. In case of a conviction, she is likely to enforce her second plan in a bid to keep control over the party.