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Sasikala expels O Panneerselvam, AIADMK rebels

Presently, there are 10 MLAs in the Panneerselvam camp, including himself. In addition, he enjoys the support of 12 MPs, including from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 5:09 pm
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Hours after V K Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate case, which dashed her hopes of becoming chief minister, the AIADMK general secretary expelled O Panneeselvam and all the rebels supporting him including Education Minister K Pandiarajan and senior leader C Ponnaiyan. Refusing to concede ground, Sasikala had earlier sacked caretaker CM O Panneerselvam from the party’s primary membership and elected Edappadi K Palaniswami as Legislature Party Leader in a fast pace developments on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, representatives from Panneerselvam camp are likely to visit the Golden Bay resort in Koovathur, where party MLAs loyal to Sasikala have been camping, with an aim to garner support for the caretaker Chief Minister. Reacting to the apex court verdict in the DA case, Panneerselvam said: “Unfinished task left over by Amma must be fulfilled, therefore I urge AIADMK MLAs and ministers to resume their work.”

Presently, there are 10 MLAs in the Panneerselvam camp, including himself. In addition, he enjoys the support of 12 MPs, including from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

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On the other hand, the Sasikala camp wrote to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao seeking his appointment at the earliest. Palaniswami is likely to meet the governor today and stake claim to form the government.  It could still boil down to a floor test if Vidyasagar asks Palanisamy to prove his majority in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.  The halfway mark for attaining majority is 118 in the 235-seat House.

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  1. Binu Mathew Varghese
    Feb 15, 2017 at 7:50 am
    The induction of those expelled by Jayalalitha from party, by Sasikala shows how crooked and shrewd her motive is?
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    1. Anand Ch
      Feb 16, 2017 at 5:46 am
      Never help a snake to regain its strength.
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        Sher Mohammad.
        Feb 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm
        Let stan's Supreme Court follow India's stern action and it will find more than a dozen scoundrels to award severe punishments to earn also applause from public.
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          S.Siva
          Feb 22, 2017 at 5:11 am
          The electoral commission has challenged Sasikala on her appointment and given her till the 28th of Feb to explain - She certainly has no explanation and perhaps she may the one to be expelled from the party as she is now a Jailbird.
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