After Edappadi Palanisamy’s appointment as the legislature leader by AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala earlier today, Palanisamy met Governor Vidyasagar Rao staking claim to form the government in the state. He also presented the list of MLAs supporting him. Shortly thereafter, O Panneerselvam supporter Maitreyan also met the Governor at 7 pm as well. Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao is expected to take a decision on formation of a new government in the state on the basis of recommendations by three legal luminaries, including Soli Sorabjee. In the meantime, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar has joined O Panneerselvam camp, as reported by NDTV. When asked if this is her official entry into politics, she told ANI, “Yes, it is.” Earlier in the day, in a setback for AIADMK party general secretary Sasikala, the Supreme Court upheld the trial court verdict that sentenced her to four years jail in disproportionate assets case.
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11:32 pm: “Have only one wish that you (AIADMK workers) work for people’s welfare; you must continue with your work sans fear; please don’t cry,” Sasikala said.
“Will make sure that the path left behind (by Amma) will be followed by the right people,” Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar said.
10:35 pm: “DA case was filed by DMK, I’ll handle this; you (MLAs) have to remain resolute and make sure people questions DMK’s existence,” Sasikala said.
10:30 pm: Sasikala breaks down while speaking; says “no force can separate me from AIADMK; no matter where I’ll be, I’ll always think about party.”
10:20 pm: “I’m sure we’ll get the invitation as soon as possible as we remained quiet,” Sasikala said.
“I feel so satisfied that despite facing troubles, MLAs are supporting me,” Sasikala said, addressing MLAs of AIADMK.
9:53 pm: “Yes, it is”: Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar on being asked if this is her official entry into politics
9:36 pm: Sasikala leaves Kuvathur resort.
9:28 pm: Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar joins O Panneerselvam camp, as reported by NDTV.
9:25 pm: O Panneerselvam reaches Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Chennai’s Marina Beach
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 14, 2017
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8:00 pm: AIADMK’s V Maitreyan and PH Pandian leave after meeting Tamil Nadu Governor at Raj Bhavan
7:50 pm: DGP and Chennai’s police commissioner S George meeting TN Governor at Raj Bhavan, on law and order situation of the state
6:37 pm: Maitreyan and Pandian from OPS’ camp to meet Governor at 7 pm, as reported by NDTV.
6:27 pm: Police force at Kuvathur is given direction to evacuate MLAs from Kuvathur resort, DGP to take final call on forced eviction
6:23 pm: MLAs refuse to leave resort, OPS camp reportedly asked police to clear all MLAs, Sasikal to stay at Kuvathur tonight.
6:21 pm: AIADMK MP Navaneethakrishnan says they they have info of efforts to evacuate MLAs in the resort “forcefully and illegally”
6:09 pm: Palanisamy presents list of MLAs supporting him: Jaya TV
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6:09 pm: Palanisamy’s meeting with Governor ends. He stakes claim to form government: Jaya TV
5:53 pm: There should be a special assembly called for this, alternative arrangements only after floor test, says Rohatgi to NDTV.
5:52 pm: Sasikala will have to serve the balance sentence, says Rohatgi to NDTV.
5:52 pm: Governor has to see if there are rival claimants, says Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi as reported by NDTV.
5:48 pm: Edapadi K.Palanisamy is not a fit person to hold the post; he’s fit for nothing: S. Semmalai, AIADMK MLA and supporter of O Panneerselvam.
5:39 pm: We went to the resort but we were prevented from entering: S. Semmalai, AIADMK MLA and supporter of O Panneerselvam.
5:09 pm: AIADMK Legislature party leader Edapadi K.Palanisamy reaches Raj Bhavan to meet Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.
4:50 PM: Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to meet AIADMK Legislature party leader Edapadi K.Palanisamy;Security outside Guv’s residence.
4.20 pm: Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar tilting towards the Panneerselvam camp? “Whoever is going to lead the AIADMK, shouldn’t be a puppet of V K Sasikala clan and should be someone whom Jayalalithaa chose,” says Deepa.
3.50 pm: According to TV reports, a group of AIADMK MLAs from the Sasikala camp will be meeting Governor Vidyasagar Rao at 5.30 pm today.
3.20 pm: Police stop Paneerselvam’s supporters while they were on the way to Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur, where a section of AIADMK MLAs are staying.
2.40 pm: AIADMK MLAs camping at Golden Bay in Kuvathur not ready to vacate the resort. They are waiting for Governor Vidyasagar’s call, reports Arun Janardhanan. Meanwhile, party general secretary Sasikala is still holding discussions with leaders the resort; Government sources say “she has 4 days to surrender”.
2.30 pm: Sasikala expels scores of “rebels”, including Minister K Pandiarajan and senior leader C Ponnaiyan.
2.20 pm: Centre has no role to play, Governor will take the decision based on situation, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on SC’s judgement on VK Sasikala.
1.59 pm: Info that O Panneerselvam is coming at resort with police. This could create law and order problems: A. Navaneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP.
1.55 pm: AIADMK leader Thambidurai: We will file review petition, a new legislative party leader has been elected and he will lead us. Panneerselvam no longer party member. He is a betrayer, he betrayed our party, there is only one party.
We have sent a letter to Governor and are awaiting his reply: Edappadi K.Palanisamy pic.twitter.com/h6lDzqdCRj
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 14, 2017
1.16 pm: Sasikala camp wrote to the Governor for his appointment, to stake claim with signed affidavits of MLAs at the earliest.
1.15 pm: Edappadi K Palanisamy: All MLAs have elected me as the legislature party leader, soon will meet Governor with support letter of MLAs.
1.13 pm: A team headed by OPS and minister M Pandiarajan to visit Kuvathur to seek support of MLAs, massive police force on stand by.
1.02 pm: DMK working president M K Stalin: After 21 years justice has been done. This would be example to politicians to live corruption-free. Request Governor to take steps to establish stable management in the state.
12.54 pm: Edappadi Palanisamy, Sasikala loyalist and the new legislature party leader, to meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao and stake claim to form government today.
12.43 pm: Panneerselvam removed from AIADMK primary membership. Edappadi K Palanisamy elected as legislature party leader.
12.40 pm: In the wake of Sasikala’s conviction, caretaker chief minister Panneerselvam appeals all MLAs to take the right decision for the party. “Our foremost duty is to uphold Amma’s good works and the law and order. We will form a stable government in her name,” said OPS. I hope everyone remains peaceful and maintain law and order in the state, he added.
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 14, 2017
12:30 pm: Jayalalitha ‘s nephew Deepak Jayakumar also in meeting with VK Sasikala in the resort.
12:21 pm: O Panneerselvam ‘s supporters celebrate VK Sasikala ‘s conviction in Chennai.
12:07 pm: Sasikala to appoint one of her loyalists as leader of the Legislative party of AIADMK, a meeting in resort is already underway: Sources
12.07 pm: Sasikala’s brother Divakaran, and her nephew T T V Dinakaran also inside Golden Bay resort.
12.03 pm: Sasikala and AIADMK MLAs camping at Golden Bay resort went into a huddle to chalk out the next course of action. Sources tell The Indian Express that nominating a new chief minister face is ‘Plan B’.
11.47 am: With the suspense still hanging over who will head the AIADMK government, here are how things stack up: 125 MLAs support Sasikala and 9 MLAs support Panneerselvam.
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 14, 2017
11.35 am: DMK leader Tamilan Prasanna on the Sasikala verdict: “This is a great success for Tamil Nadu people. It is a victory of truth and judicial system.”
11.19 am: Sasikala on the Supreme Court verdict: “Whenever Amma was in crisis, I also suffered. This time, I will take it upon me. ‘Justice Will Prevail’.”
11.16 am: Sweets being distributed at O Pannerselvam’s residence. The caretaker chief minister is expected to address the media shortly.
11.08 am: A unit of Tamil Nadu Police with senior officials enter Golden Bay Resort in Kovathur.
11.07 am: I was expecting the conviction. I don’t think she can escape the 4 years sentence: Subramanian Swamy on SC’s verdict on Sasikala DA case.
11.02 am: SC orders VK Sasikala to serve rest of her jail sentence of three years and six months as she has already served almost six months in jail.
11.01 am: Police enter Kuvathur resort, action begins, over hundred private guards guarding MLAs to be evacuated first.
10.48 am: Speaking with The Indian Express former Attorney General, B V Acharya said: “This judgement shows an accused cannot escape the law in this country, it shows how independent is our judiciary.”
SC records incriminating findings against #Jayalalithaa as well but abates proceedings because of her death.
— Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) February 14, 2017
10.30 am: According to TV reports, the Supreme Court bench has set aside the Karnataka High Court order and upheld the trial court verdict. Sasikala will have to serve four years in prison. She cannot hold the chief minister for another 10 years.
10.30 am: Verdict expected in the next few minutes. Stay tuned. Here is what could happen if the bench of justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy give separate but dissenting/concurring verdict.
10.02 am: Clear that there are disproportionate assets, question is how much?: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, a litigant in the case.
9.33 am: A detailed profile of Sasikala and why Jayalalithaa loathed the Mannargudi family.
9.04 am: AIADMK senior leader M Thambidurai, who has been camping in Delhi, reaches Golden Bay Resort in Kovathur to meet Sasikala. The AIADMK general secretary was reportedly miffed with Tambiduarai for failing to keep the flock intact as several MPs and MLAs switched sides and joined the Pannerselvam camp.
8.30 am: Security deployed outside Poes Garden, as precaution ahead of SC’s verdict in DA case against VK Sasikala.
8.05 am: What are the options before the Supreme Court? We take a look at what the Supreme Court could rule and what the impact will be on Sasikala’s aspiration to be the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Read more about it here.
8.00 am: Security deployed outside Golden Bay Resort in Kovathur as a precaution in wake of today’s judgement in DA case against VK Sasikala.
7.50 am: Sasikala’s ascent to the throne of the late MGR’s political empire as its general secretary on December 31, 2016, and now becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu, are significant markers in the history of the state. Both MGR and Jayalalithaa were AIADMK general secretaries and then won the chair of Chief Minister. Read more here
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Earlier, the Sasikala camp along with nearly 125 AIADMK MLAs went into a huddle at the Golden Bay Resort in Kuvathur to chalk out the future course of action. Sources in the know told The Indian Express that nominating a new chief minister candidate was ‘Plan B’. Meanwhile, a huge contingent of policemen descended on the resort, minutes after the apex court verdict, to evacuate all the MLAs.
Pronouncing concurring judgments in the DA case, the bench of justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy asked Sasikala to surrender immediately. She now stands disqualified to contest in elections for another nearly 10 years. The case is against J Jayalalithaa, who has been accused of conspiring with three others — Sasikala, Sasikala’s sister-in-law Ilavarasi and Sasikala’s nephew V N Sudhakaran — to acquire assets of Rs 66.65 crore, which was disproportionate to her known sources of income.