Sasikala Natarajan on Saturday alleged that the Governor is delaying his decision to split the AIADMK.
However, sources in the Raj Bhavan say that that the Governor only wants a stable government in Tamil Nadu. No decision from Raj Bhavan will be made until Tuesday or Wednesday, sources also point out.
Raj Bhavan sources also say that the verdict in the Disproportionate Assets case is crucial and only once the decision is out will the Governor announce his decision. Governor Vidyasagar Rao has indicated that he wants a stable government in Tamil Nadu and that is his only primary concern.
Sasikala had sought for an appoint with Rao on Sunday morning. However the Governor is unlikely to give an appointment. Sasikala had issued a veiled threat on Saturday saying that there would being a new kind of protest. Delaying tactics is an attempt to create a division in the party, she had also said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has been put under high alert after the intelligence warned about possible trouble. The IB has warned that some AIADMK cadres supporting Sasikala may create trouble and hence security needs to be upped in every nook and corner of the state.
On the other hand, the O Panneerselvam camp has launched a massive online campaign against Sasikala. The camp has questioned her intentions and restlessness to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Sasikala may go on hunger strike:
With the Governor not giving her an appointment, Sasikala is likely to step up pressure. She is contemplating going on a hunger strike, reports suggest.
In the meantime several more AIADMK leaders joined OPS. Several legislators including School Education Minister K Pandiarajan have switched to the O Panneerselvam's camp. Besides three sitting MPs including Dr V Maitreyan, P H Pandian, E Madhusudhanan and C Ponnaiyan too have switched camps. Sasikala would need the support of 118 legislators to prove majority on the floor of the house.