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Tamil Nadu crisis: AIADMK to begin new kind of protest from tomorrow, says Sasikala

Sasikala is currently facing a rebellion led by caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who claims to have been forced out of office.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2017 9:31 pm
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As the power struggle within AIADMK intensified, party general secretary VK Sasikala on Saturday indirectly accused Governor C Vidyasagar Rao of delaying the proceedings to form the government. “The created time lag looks like it was intended to create a split in the party,” AIADMK tweeted quoting Sasikala. The party general secretary also expressed she was happy after meeting her MLAs and added that all the legislators are with her.

“We were waiting patiently till this moment for a reply from the honourable Governor,” AIADMK quoted Sasikala as saying on its official Twitter handle. “Needed measures will be taken,” she further said. Sasikala also said her party would begin a new kind of protest from tomorrow onward, adding that delaying tactics was an attempt to create divisions within the party.

Earlier in the day, Sasikala met her MLAs at the Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur where they have been allegedly corralled into, in order to prevent any horse trading ahead of a probable floor test to prove majority. However, Raj Bhavan continues to delay its decision, plunging the state into uncertainty and prompting speculation around the possibility of Central rule. On Friday, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao was said to be still weighing his options and his office said “he has not sent any report either to the Ministry of Home Affairs or to the President of India” as was being reported by some in the media.

Read: In boost for Panneerselvam, AIADMK leader C Ponnaiyan, minister V Sathyabama join OPS camp

Sasikala is currently facing a rebellion led by caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who claims to have been forced out of office. In a House of 234 (minus the seat that has fallen vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa), the current strength of the AIADMK is 135. The Sasikala camp claims the support of 120 MLAs.

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Meanwhile, Panneerselvam received a shot in the arm after party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan and later, Tirupur MP V Sathyabama joined the OPS camp on Saturday. As of now, a total of four MPs, out of 50, are with Panneerselvam. The development comes hours after Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Pandiarajan extended his support to Panneerselvam. Earlier in the day, two party MPs Ashok Kumar and PR Sundaram had also offered their support to Panneerselvam, giving a setback to VK Sasikala, who is trying to stake claim to form the government.

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    cherans
    Feb 11, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    Chinnamma badly needs the power for her camp, then only she can p her time in Jail comfortably keeping a puppet as CM in place of her ike the way Jaya did. in the previous jail term she enjo full luxury because jaya was with her. Now she may have to carry out tailoring, carpenter job and normal food kali in the jail.
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    1. Gopi Chand
      Feb 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm
      Worst than "Made In China" IS "Maid(Sasikala) in TN"
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        Satendra kumar
        Feb 12, 2017 at 1:48 am
        The Governor and the general voters are waiting for clean sheet from Supreme Court without any criminal convictions so it's wait and see procedures.
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          ashok
          Feb 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm
          Mr panneerselvam never opened his mouth when Jayalalitha was hospitalised and for 75 days he never had any doubts of the treatment .when he had given in his resignation he doubts the treatment to Jaya what a drama .The governor duty is to call the legislative asembly and put an end to the speculation.But the governor seems to have not got clerance from the central governmement.BJP has not learn lessons from arunachal pradesh
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            ashok
            Feb 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm
            The governor is trying to split the party the move by BJP will only result in its loosing TN totally and benefit DMK .To state that the governor is acting on its own which only the fools would believe.The post of Governor should be removed waste of tax payers money
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