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Vijaya Baskar’s fate rests on Governor’s decision

Rumblings in the AIADMK (A) about demands for the removal of C Vijaya Baskar from his ministerial post following the I-T department raids on his house and offices and those of his friends, have taken a back seat due to the general feeling that more people might have to face the axe, including party deputy general secretary and RK nagar candidate TTV Dinakaran.

Vijaya Baskar’s fate rests on Governor’s decision
File photo of Tamil Nadu state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar


Party spokesman and former minister Vaigai Selvan said the party would reveal its strategy only after knowing the reaction of TN Governor-in-charge Vidyasagar Rao. This follows a DMK delegation including Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva and party organising secretary RS Bharathi led by assembly deputy opposition leader Duraimurugan meeting Rao on Wednesday and handing over a petition regarding Vijaya Basker and the subsequent cancellation of the RK Nagar by-poll. 

When asked whether he wanted Vijaya Baskar’s removal, stalwart of the former chief minister O Panneerselvam led AIADMK (PTA) and Rajya Sabha MP Dr. V. Maitreyan said, “Why should I? adding, “It is for the Election Commission and the I-T department to act and decide.” Party spokesman and former law minister C Ponnaiyan was a little more astute when he said, “it is an intra-party matter.” When asked to explain, he added, “If action is taken on Vijaya Basker, there is also the fact that action should be taken against those who received money after affixing their signatures and this could be bad for the party.”

Meanwhile, MP Sasikala Pushpa told the media after her meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, “he had promised action against Dinakaran whose activities had resulted in the RK Nagar by-poll being cancelled.”

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