“Justice will prevail,” was the first reaction of Sasikala after the verdict.
On her way to the Golden Bay Resorts in Kuvathur, where her party MLAs have been camping for the last four days, Sasikala spoke to a few reporters, including The Indian Express.
Sasikala said that everyone, including Panneerselvam, had asked her to take over as Chief Minister on the night J Jayalalithaa died.
Amid continued uncertainty over Sasikala’s swearing-in as the next CM, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan from the OPS camp.
Sasikala sent another letter to Raj Bhavan, seeking an appointment for her and her MLAs so that she could parade them before the Governor in a show of strength.
The Raj Bhavan clarification by the Principal Secretary to Governor came after the draft of a purported report by Rao was out on social media and flashed by some TV channels.
The two AIADMK MLAs, who spoke with The Indian Express on conditions of anonymity, said they have no idea how long they have to stay at the guesthouse.
Uncertainty continued because the Governor did not say what he intends to do — there were indications though that he would send a report to Delhi and could even seek legal opinion.
According to sources privy to the meeting, Panneerselvam complained that it was the indifference of Chennai City Commissioner S George that allegedly helped the Sasikala camp shift MLAs to the resort.
As Amma had told us, I request all party MLAs to consider the spirit and wish of people in their respective constituencies.
Will probe Jaya death, I have people’s backing, claims Panneerselvam.
Panneerselvam camp was confident of backing from a majority of AIADMK’s 134 MLAs while Members of V K Sasikala camp were silent, as they scrambled to rescue the party from an imminent split.
Panneerselvam said he was not informed in advance about the legislature party meeting held on Sunday and the decision to elect Sasikala as the leader was communicated to him at the last moment.
Recalling the day when Jayalalithaa died, Pandian alleged that he saw no remorse among Sasikala’s family.
The doctors tried dispelling doubts about the suspicious injuries, rumoured amputations, organ transplant. They said that there was neither any organ transplant nor any amputation done on her.
However, SC’s remark on Monday that the final verdict in the disproportionate asset case may be expected this week sent shock waves in the AIADMK camp.
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Further strengthening the reports of Sasikala emerging as the Tamil Nadu CM, AIADMK has called the meeting of its MLAs on February 5.
The nearly week-long crisis, triggered by oil spill resulting from the collision of two ships off the Kamarajar harbour on Saturday, is threatening to become a major ecological disaster.
The DG Shipping team in Chennai — which is short-staffed and ill-equipped — is yet to issue an official statement on the reasons for the oil spill.
The delegation also demanded the state government to immediately start the desalting works on water bodies, for which the government had allocated Rs 3,400 crore.
In the absence of equipment to handle the situation, more than 300 people, including Coast Guard personnel and local fishermen, were engaged in removing the oil slick with buckets from the shorelines on Tuesday.
A key member of the core team of Marina protesters said on Sunday that those thinking that the protesters had gathered for six days for Jallikattu only are clearly mistaken.
The Facebook event titled ‘Discussion meet: New Youth party for Tamil Nadu,’ was cancelled on Friday on the page with an apology.
K Chandru, a retired Madras High Court judge who was an activist in the 1970s and ‘80s, pointed out that the most recent example of a ban — “on Maggi noodles by the government” — was successfully challenged in court.
Unlike many such police excesses in the past, what made it different this time was the anecdotes from residents from many colonies who said that it was the women police personnel who led the attack and violence.
Satheesh Kumar, chef at a five-star hotel in Chennai who slept on Marina beach for six nights, said that beyond Jallikattu, the “larger mistrust of rulers and their promises” was the trigger for the protest.
Several people were taken into custody — police were yet to specify the number of detentions or arrests made.
The state administration wants to clear off the beach road before the Republic Day parade.
Later, Paneerselvam said that Jallikattu was held in other parts of the state and that the government will do all it can to prevent any further sanctions.
Protesters say they want nothing short of an amendment to the Central law.
At Marina, G Durga Devi, a printing press employee from Madurai who works in Chennai, sees it as a movement primarily against established politicians and their politics.
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