TN impasse: Subramanian Swamy slams governor; wants Sasikala to be CM

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Chennai, Feb 10: The controversial Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday blamed Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao for the political stalemate underway in the southern state.

Both caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislature party leader Sasikala Natarajan are staking their claim to the chief ministerial post.

Subramanian Swamy

Swamy insisted that the governor should ask the AIADMK general secretary Sasikala to form the government if 'he has woken up to his duties as a constitutional authority'.

"Pannerselvam didn't give any list of MPs or MLAs who are supporting him. He didn't stake any claim. He just wants his resignation to be withdrawn. But, it has already been accepted. How can he do this? It's like putting toothpaste back in the tube," Swamy told ANI.

"So, if the governor has any chance, and he has woken up to his duties as a constitutional authority, he should ask Sasikala to form a government and then move a resolution in the assembly for confidence vote and proceed from there. There is now nothing left. Had Pannerselvam produced a list, there would have been a question over which list to accept. If the governor now doesn't call Sasikala, it would mean he is playing politics and he deserves to be removed," he added.

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