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Tamil Nadu crisis: Hours after joining OPS camp, Pandiarajan exudes confidence in getting support of 135 MLAs

Meanwhile, veteran leader and party spokesperson Ponnaiyan joined the OPS camp, giving a major boost to Panneerselvam.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 11, 2017 6:30 pm
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Hours after joining O Panneerselvam’s camp, Tamil Nadu education minister K Pandiarajan on Saturday expressed confidence in getting the support of at least 135 MLAs in favour of the camp led by the caretaker Chief Minister.  “Our number will be more than what it is today and it will land at 135,” Pandiarajan was quoted as saying to news agency ANI. “Drama is coming to a close soon. I’m at least in touch with 20 of them (MLAs) so I don’t think phones are switched off,” he added, referring to the MLAs staying at a resort in Koovathur, where they have been allegedly corralled into, in order to prevent any horse trading ahead of a probable floor test to prove majority.

As the power struggle within the AIADMK shows no sign of abating, Panneerselvam received a shot in the arm after Pandiarajan joined his dissident camp, becoming the first sitting minister to do so. The development comes hours after two party MPs Ashok Kumar and PR Sundaram also offered their support to Panneerselvam, giving a setback to Sasikala, who is trying to stake claim to form the government.

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“My belief is that here is the man who has captured the hearts of the masses. Amma’s legacy will continue to rest on his able shoulders and that is the reason I am here,” Pandiarajan had said after joining the OPS camp. “We are here as followers of Puratchi Thalaivi Amma,” he said, adding that the “spirit of the masses” would carry the party through.

Meanwhile, veteran leader and party spokesperson Ponnaiyan joined the OPS camp, giving a major boost to Panneerselvam.  On the other hand, 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.

Raj Bhavan delayed 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.

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

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    ASIF Nizam
    Feb 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    This corralling of MPs is absolutely absurd and should be immediately banned.
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      Srividya
      Feb 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm
      Hectic days for retired IB pimps going between on the orders of serving IB thugs!
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        Intelclan
        Feb 11, 2017 at 4:28 pm
        Goals for BJP:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;•*BJP wanted to establish itself as a major party in TN breaking 50 years of jinxlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;•*DMK should not be allowed to come to power by using ADMK MLAs(bc its anti Brahmin JP)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Strategy: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Allow the situation to reach a boiling point where BJP can order violence against Tamils and burn their propertylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Create a 1980s am like situation using IB thugs to plant bombs across TN and instigate violencelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Make deals with ADMK for future alliance first and later complete merger of ADMK with BJP. Else Modi to order leaking of every ADMK MLAs "JANAM PATRA".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Use all the INTELLIGENCE gathered on the ADMK MLAs and DMK leaders to negotiate silence(Those intelligence is not for submitting in a court of law and penalizing the guilty, but for political negotiations only)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If any MLA is working to his consciousness (acting smart in Indian terms) then threaten him and break his back by causing personal grief.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No Presidents rulelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Result: BJP TOTALLY DESTRO IN SOUTHERN STATES
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          I
          Feb 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm
          Mental
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            I
            Feb 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm
            Seems you did not read the comment below. You brahmin Pigs will end eating human SHT
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