Gover­nor Should Not In­flu­ence CM Choice

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The gover­nor of Tamil Nadu should not play a role in de­ter­min­ing the next chief min­is­ter of Tamil Nadu. That is the job of the leg­is­la­tors. Mem­bers of Tamil Nadu’s leg­isla­tive assem­bly are right now herded into a re­sort, where newly anointed gen­eral sec­re­tary of the rul­ing AIADMK, VK Sasikala, keeps a watch­ful eye over them. Yet, some MLAs and min­is­ters have man­aged to es­cape her vigil and sneak out, re­port­edly to as­sess the pub­lic mood af­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam, the only per­son to whom Jay­alalithaa, AIADMK’s erst­while supreme leader, had del­e­gated po­lit­i­cal power, had staked claim to the chief min­is­ter’s post. MLAs be­ing cor­ralled to in­su­late them from ex­ter­nal temp­ta­tion is an odi­ous sight.The one and only way for the gover­nor to not im­pli­cate him­self in the se­lec­tion of the next chief min­is­ter is for him to con­vene the assem­bly and ask it to elect a leader. Who­ever com­mands a ma­jor­ity will emerge the leader from that ex­er­cise. If the gover­nor in­vites Sasikala to be­come chief min­is­ter and prove her ma­jor­ity on the floor of the House, that would give her an un­de­served ad­van­tage. So would Pan­neer­sel­vam get an un­de­served ad­van­tage if the gover­nor were to in­vite him to prove his ma­jor­ity. There is no rea­son for the gover­nor to first show his pref­er­ence and make that gu­ber­na­to­rial pref­er­ence a fac­tor in the choice of the chief min­is­ter. It is not fair to the as­pi­rants and brings in con­sid­er­a­tions not en­vis­aged in the Con­sti­tu­tion to the choice of the chief min­is­ter.

Tamil Nadu’s po­lit­i­cal drama de­rives from the ab­sence of in­ner party democ­racy in In­dia’s po­lit­i­cal cul­ture and specif­i­cally within the AIADMK. The gover­nor’s role should not be to add to democ­racy deficit but to make amends, to what­ever ex­tent pos­si­ble. Is that too much to ask of gover­nor Ch Vidyasagar Rao?

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