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Coimbatore

State bids farewell to Vidyasagar Rao

Covai Post Network

Tamil Nadu on Thursday bid farewell to Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who was holding the additional charge of Tamil Nadu for more than a year.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija
Vaidyanathan among others took part in the send off ceremony at the airport in the morning. Earlier, he accepted the guard of honour by the police.

Rao took charge on September 2, 2016, following the retirement of the then Governor K. Rosaiah. Rao was probably the first Governor in-charge to have faced so many political crisis and to have seen three Chief Ministers within one year.

When former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital, Vidayasagar Rao flew came down from Mumbai on October 1, 2016 and headed directly to the hospital to inquire about her health. He followed this with another visit on October 22.

After Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5, 2016, Vidyasagar appointed O. Panneerselvam as the Chief Minister.

Later, when V.K. Sasikala was elected as the Legislature party leader and sought appointment, he did not call her to take the office of the Chief Minister. After Sasikala was convicted on February 16, the Governor appointed Edappadi K. Palaniswami as the Chief Minister and asked to prove majority in the House on February 18.

On August 20, 19 MLAs supporting rebel AIADMK leader Dhinakaran gave individual letters withdrawing their support to the Palaniswami and requested the Governor to change the Chief Minister.

On September 10, the Leader of Opposition and DMK working president M.K. Stalin met Rao and asked him to call for a trust vote in Assembly. The Governor did not make any decision on the issue as ‘it was an internal problem of the AIADMK’ and the issue is at present in the High Court.

In the meantime, the merger of the Palaniswami and Panneerselvam faction happened and the latter was made the Deputy Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Purohit, who reached Chennai late this afternoon, was accorded a warm reception at the airport by the Chief Minister and others.

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