J Jayalalithaa set return as Tamil Nadu CM Governor K Rosaiah accepts Panneerselvams resignation

Jayalalithaa to step out for the first time after 217 days, to garland statues of former Chief Ministers C.N. Annadurai, M.G. Ramachandran and Dravidar Kazhagam founder E.V.R. Periyar at Anna Salai, the AIADMK announces.

Accepting the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and his Council of Ministers, Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah invited AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalaltihaa to form the Ministry at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said.

In two different statements, Raj Bhavan said Mr. Rosaiah accepted the resignation of Mr. Panneerselvam and his Council of Ministers. “The Governor has requested the Chief Minister and his present council of ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made,” the statement said.

Mr. Rosaiah has also invited AIADMK general secretary and the leader of legislature party Ms. Jayalalithaa to form the Ministry at the earliest.

Mr. Rosaiah also requested Ms. Jayalalithaa to send the list of people to be appointed as Ministers with their portfolios.

Things were not quite the same in the city on Thursday. It scarcely was expected to be a usual, run-of-the-mill day, given that things were building up to a crescendo, with Tamil Nadu heading for a change in leadership. All the banners, hoardings and placards were placed in violation of various laws of the land; several of them hindered the movement of pedestrians, damaging private property and even affecting regular life.

Things were not quite the same in the city on Thursday. It scarcely was expected to be a usual, run-of-the-mill day, given that things were building up to a crescendo, with Tamil Nadu heading for a change in leadership.

Party members went all out, naturally to ensure that Chennai wore this momentous change on her sleeve. Working through Wednesday night, AIADMK cadre ensured that banners, hoardings and placards, with content that was solely hagiographic, were put up in key locations in the city, primarily in routes that party leader Jayalalithaa was expected to take on Friday to pay floral tributes to the icons of the Dravidian party movement, on Anna Salai.

All the banners, hoardings and placards were placed in violation of various laws of the land; several of them hindered the movement of pedestrians, damaging private property and even affecting regular life.

A number of bus shelters and street signboards on key stretches were obstructed. Many banners and placards on Anna Salai, Sardar Patel Road, Dr.Radhakrishnan Salai, Cathedral Road and TTK Road occupied the entire footpath. Residents said they did not protest as they were scared of incurring the wrath of party workers. A resident of Gopalapuram First Street, R.T.Namasivayam, says the structures erected at the Gopalapuram First Street and Cathedral Road junction pose a danger to pedestrians and motorists. “Political parties are requested to be considerate while erecting such bill boards,” said Mr.Namasivayam.

No permission

Data supplied at a recent meeting of officials of Chennai Corporation and Chennai Collectorate tells us that permission has been granted only for three hoardings in the entire city. No data was available for permission granted for banners and placards.

The commissioning of digital banners, placards and hoardings in the city is being regulated as per the provisions of Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919, Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies Licensing of Hoardings and Levy and Collection of Advertisement Tax Rules, 2003 and the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies (Permission for Erection of Digital Banners and Placards) Rules 2011.

“We will not issue permission for banners located at traffic junctions and across footpaths, obstructing the way for pedestrians and vehicles,” said an official. However, most of the structures that sprung up on Thursday were erected just at these key spots.

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Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosiah accepts O. Panneerselvam’s resignation, invites Jayalalithaa to form government.

Minutes after Jayalalithaa was unanimously elected AIADMK Legislature Party leader, Panneerselvam, her trusted lieutenant, announced his resignation, ending his nearly eight-month-long stint.

“I have resigned as Chief Minister,” he told party MLAs at the meeting.

Panneerselvam took over as Chief Minister on September 29, 2014, two days after Jayalalithaa was unseated from the post when the trial court in Karnataka convicted her in a graft case. She was automatically disqualified from being a member of the Assembly and contesting elections for 10 years from that time.

Panneerselvam returned to the post for a second time in 2014 after he was chosen by Jayalalithaa to be the Chief Minister almost under similar circumstances in 2001 when she was forced to resign over her conviction in the TANSI case.

He resigned six months later in 2002, when she was acquitted by the apex court. The 63-year-old Panneerselvam has risen from humble origins, having run a tea stall at his home town Periyakulam which is still being run by his family.

A first-time Minister in 2001 after his election to the Assembly, he was vested with key Revenue department by Jayalalithaa, indicating her confidence in him.

In 2011, in a further endorsement of her trust, Jayalalithaa allocated the major departments of Finance and PWD to Panneerselvam.

Contrary to the sombre swearing-in ceremony that was witnessed last year when he took oath, Panneeerselvam and AIADMK MLAs were today seen in a buoyant mood on Jayalalithaa’s imminent take over as chief minister.

 

 

 

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Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.

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