Panneerselvam is showing his true colours, says Sasikala — AIADMK crisis

  • Panneerselvam is showing his true colours, says Sasikala — AIADMK crisis

Panneerselvam is showing his true colours, says Sasikala — AIADMK crisis

Panneerselvam revolted against AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala on Tuesday night alleging that he was forced to resign as Chief Minister to pave the way for Sasikala to occupy that chair.

In growing support for Panneerselvam, six more AIADMK on Sunday MPs had joined his camp, taking the number of Parliamentarians in his favour to 11.

Like his party rival, Ms V.K. Sasikala, he belongs to the Thevar community and has helped the party woo the community, which forms an important voter base in several constituencies in southern Tamil Nadu. Sasikala claims to have the support of 127 MLAs. The majority MLAs were put up in Golden Bay resorts, located on the waterfront, in Kuvathur, about 75 km from Chennai. An interpretation of this clause contained in a Supreme Court judgment states: "Article 164 (4) is not a source of power or an enabling provision for appointment of a non-legislator as a Minister even for a short duration. They are keeping the MLAs forcefully in the resort as she is not having trust on them they might vote for Panneer during the trust vote" he spoke to media.

Meanwhile, Security has been beefed up in Chennai with intensified patrolling and checking of places of accommodation to prevent anti-social elements from creating any law and order issues, police said on Saturday. Tamil writer Vasanthi in her book, Amma: Jayalalithaa's Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen, wrote how Jayalalithaa supporters disliked her relationship with Sasikala.

She had also dismissed allegations that they have been held "hostage" at the resort, saying the MLAs were staying at the resort of their own accord and that they were "free".

Jurists were divided on whether Sasikala, against whose acquittal in a disproportionate assets case the Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict next week, can be sworn-in.

Sasikala was on February 5 declared as the AIADMK legislature party leader.

As acting chief minister in the past two months, he has successfully handled relief operations for a cyclone that hit Tamil Nadu. "We should also work towards winning all the 40 seats that are stake in the Lok Sabha elections and ensure the AIADMK scores a hat trick in the 2021 Assembly elections. We are ready to submit the other statements, if the court directs", he said.