AIADMK crisis live updates: Was subjected to harassment & torture all these years, but only ‘Amma’ stood by me: OPS

With Senguttuvan from Vellore and Jayasingh of Tuticorin switching sides, the caretaker chief minister currently has the support of 10 of the 50 AIADMK MPs.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi/chennai | Updated: February 12, 2017 10:13:06 pm
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In a further setback for AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, five more party MPs joined the Panneerselvam camp on Sunday. With Senguttuvan of Vellore, Jayasingh of Tuticorin, R P Marutharaja of Perambalur, Rajya Sabha MP, R Lakshmanan and S Rajendran of Villupuram switching sides, the caretaker chief minister currently now has the support of 10 of the 50 AIADMK MPs. In a major plot twist on Saturday, education minister M Pandiarajan extended support to Panneerselvam thereby becoming the first cabinet minister to do so.   At the moment, six MLAs have backed Panneerselvam. The Panneerselvam camp expects at least 25 per cent of the party MLAs to join them by Tuesday.

Among the other leaders with Panneerselvam are party presidium chairman C Madhusudhanan, who joined him on Friday; veteran leader C Ponnaiyan, who dropped in at the caretaker CM’s residence on Greenways Road on Saturday; and Natham Viswanathan, former power minister who had a fallout with Jayalalithaa and who is under the EC radar for his alleged proximity to Parasmal Lodha, a businessman accused of money laundering.

LIVE UPDATES:

10: 10 pm: Sasikala reaches Poes Garden residence in Chennai after meeting MLAs at Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur.

10: 00 pm:

9: 13 pm:  

9: 10 pm:

9: 05 pm: AIADMK MP Parthiban extends support to O Panneerselvam

8: 55 pm: Shedding crocodile tears,passing new remarks every day is not going to help. Will prove everything in assembly: Panneerselvam on Sasikala

8: 52 pm: Panneerselvam says only Amma stood by him all these years, claims he was subjected to harassment and torture all these years.

8: 50 pm:  I have a question. Yesterday Sasikala went to Kuvathur (where MLAs are staying at Golden Bay resort). Why did she go?: Panneerselvam

8: 48 pm: Many party cadres not even in Chennai, are voicing their opinion against Sasikala assuming charge as Tamil Nadu CM: Panneerselvam

8: 40 pm: Even today many party MLAs are contacting me and telling, for each MLA there are four ‘gundas’ sitting: Panneerselvam

8: 31 pm: Meanwhile, BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit demands that Governor should order probe into Panneerselvam’s claim that he was forced to resign.

8: 30 pm: I will achieve everything if you all stand firmly behind me, I wont move away, I will be firm as I have been with ‘Amma’: Sasikala

8: 25 pm: We will form the Govt, will then visit Amma’s memorial and take a photograph, will show it to the world then. This is our pledge: Sasikala

8: 22 pm: Launching all-out attack against the caretaker Chief Minister, Sasikala says Panneerselvam is out to destroy. “It is same as hitting your eye with your own finger,” she adds.

8: 18 pm:

8: 10 pm:  You all are aware as to what extent our opponents have gone against us, we must stay together and foil their evil attempts, says Sasikala while addressing MLAs at Golden Bay resort.

8: 05 pm:

7: 55 pm:

7: 53 pm:

7: 42 pm: Party workers, and forces now opposing us will not succeed in their attempts, won’t let it happen: Sasikala

7: 40 pm: “Let it come, I will see,” says Sasikala when asked about the pending verdict in DA Case

7: 30 pm: Dismissing reports that MLAs have been corralled into a resort, Sasikala said they are living here as a family.

7: 15 pm: Sasikala’s speech before MLAs today sought 72 hours to form the government. Her faction’s ultimatum to Governor ended at 6 pm.

6: 44 pm: 

6: 33 pm: Meeting between Sasikala and MLAs underway at Golden Bay resort amid growing support for Panneerselvam.

6: 21 pm: Journalists’ road roko near Kuvathur beach resort after goons snatched their phones, police remain mute spectators

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6:00 pm:

5: 20 pm: Popular Tamil Comedian Manobala said he has extensively worked with Panneerselvam and that he is a very nice man. Under his leadership, one can pop his collar and walk, the actor added.

5: 10 pm:

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4: 54 pm:

4: 51 pm: Sasikala reaches Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur to meet MLAs.

4: 45 pm: Sasikala still holds majority of MLAs, we’re sure that she only will carry forward legacy of Jayalalithaa, says Piramila (Jayalalithaa’s nurse in 2001)

4: 30 pm: Chinamma (as Sasikala is addressed by party workers) was a close companion of Periamma (Jayalalithaa), both shared a healthy relationship, says R Piramila Visagan (Jayalalithaa’s nurse in 2001)

4: 00 pm:  Sasikala en route to Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur to meet MLAs as support for Panneerselvam sours.

3: 48 pm:

3: 39 pm:

3: 32 pm: Hurdles and betrayals are the path which we have crossed, Sasikala was quoted as saying by AIADMK on its official Twitter handle.

3: 30 pm:

2.51 pm: Staying by choice, not compulsion. Heard that OPS will come here and seek support but he has no right: T Tamilselvan MLA, who is staying at Koovathur resort.

2.49 pm: Whether it (next course of action after waiting for Governor’s response) will be protest or legal remedy, only Sasikala will decide: AIADMK MP R Vaithiligam.

2.16 pm: Sasikala waiting for Governor’s response, will announce next step if nothing happens by end of the day: AIADMK MP R Vaithiligam.

1.42 pm: 

12.55 pm: Senior AIADMK leader and former minister P Vijayalakshmi Palanisamy has sided with Panneerselvam amidst political crisis in Tamil Nadu.

11.20 am: 

11.00 am: To wrap up yesterday, Sasikala said that her patience has been wearing thin and the AIADMK cadre would “protest in a different way” as Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao is yet to make up his mind on resolving the political crisis that has enveloped the state.

Later, she said, the delay in the Governor’s decision was giving rise to speculation that it was all “a ploy to split the party”. “We have waited so far for the Governor’s reply but from tomorrow, we will protest in a different way,” she said.

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