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Setback for Sasikala as TN education minister Pandiarajan joins Panneerselvam camp

Pandiarajan's entry into the Panneerselvam camp is likely to encourage more leaders and ministers to defect.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2017 2:29 pm
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AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala’s attempts to form a government in Tamil Nadu received a setback after state education minister K Pandiarajan crossed over to O Panneerselvam’s camp. The minister, who is an MLA from Avadi, had tweeted hours ago, “Will surely listen to the collective voice of my voters & decide in a way to uphold the dignity of Amma’s memory & unity of AIADMK !” in what many thought was a change of heart.

The minister, who was a strong supporter of Sasikala just a day ago, had earlier refuted reports that MLAs were being kept captive by the party’s general secretary. In his earlier tweets, Pandiarajan had alleged that Panneerselvam was being instigated by the DMK to split the party and capture power. The education minister’s entry into the chief minister’s camp strengthens his position and will likely encourage more leaders from the Sasikala camp to defect. Earlier in the day, two party MPs Ashok Kumar and PR Sundaram had offered support to Panneerselvam.

Meanwhile, Sasikala wrote a letter to Governor Vidyasagar Rao seeking an appointment with him to hand over letter confirming support from a majority of the MLAs. She urged the Governor to act immediately in the interest of the state. At the Poes Garden residence, Sasikala said, “We will do whatever’s necessary” when patience is stretched to the limits.

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  1. C
    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:31 am
    What she means is that gundaism will be let to loose by her if she looses patience...
    1. T
      Feb 11, 2017 at 8:50 am
      Finally cinnamma will be left with only her extended mannargudi mafia family
      1. D
        Dr. Pramod
        Feb 11, 2017 at 8:50 am
        Politics! Dirty games! The lady whom Jayalalitha kept away for so many years, comes from junk yard and the dogs who don't have any shame follow her changing the parties. Paneer- doing a good job is pushed to the wall. and we will still elect only those who don't have morals! Shame on being an Indian! Game continues.
        1. ganakar K
          Feb 11, 2017 at 9:19 am
          Chinnama is very angry as by this time she could have looted few 1000 crores, instead she is kept out from power .LOL !!
          1. J
            James sundar
            Feb 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm
            Ever since ADMK elected they appear to be public unrest in any ways and now power struggle using their Amma name.Every thing center on them with out public interest and no out cry for people's welfare.They became public nuisance.
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