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Tamil Nadu crisis LIVE updates: More support for Panneerselvam as Sasikala waits for SC verdict in DA case

When I was coming to the resort, people called me to a hut and as I went there; I saw Amma's photo there. That's where she lives, in their hearts: V K Sasikala

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 15, 2017 12:10:15 pm
sasikala, Panneerselvam, OPS, AIADMK, Tamil Nadu, tamil Nadu CM, Tamil Nadu news, India news, Panneerselvam support, Sasikala support AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala briefing the press along with party’s MLAs supporting her at the resort in Koovathur at East Coast Road, outskirts of Chennai on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

The political drama in Tamil Nadu seems to be coming to a head with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi advising Governor C Vidyasagar Rao that a floor test will have to be conducted in the Assembly within a week. Meanwhile, AIADMK chief V K Sasikala held a press conference, her second since six more MPs, including one from Rajya Sabha, joined the Panneerselvam camp on Sunday night.

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Here are the highlights:

10.25 pm: Actor and Choreographer Raghava Lawrence extends support to O Panneerselvam

08.44 pm: AIADMK’s South Madurai MLA Saravanan and MP from Madurai R Gopalakrishnan extend support to Panneerselvam, ANI reports.

07.55 pm: V K Sasikala says “will stay with MLAs tonight” at Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur

07.50 pm: When I was coming to the resort, people called me to a hut and as I went there; I saw Amma’s photo there. That’s where she lives, in their hearts: V K Sasikala

07. 48 pm: Amma still alive in our hearts: V K Sasikala at Golden Bay resort

07. 46 pm: V K Sasikala breaks down while addressing the party MLAs at Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur.

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07. 41 pm: DMK is an expert in calculating things. When MGR passed away they did the same thing: V K Sasikala

07.00 pm:

06. 47 pm: SC to deliver its judgement in Jayalalithaa DA corruption case tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:30 am.

06. 45 pm: Whoever has majority, should be invited by Governor to form the Govt. We have been stressing on this from Day 1: M K Stalin

06. 28 pm: We are not supporting any faction, AIADMK is our opponent and we oppose them as a whole: M K Stalin after DMK strategy meeting.(Read More)

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06. 26 pm: Governor should immediately take steps to establish a stable Govt in the state. We will only comment on the DA case once it is out, can’t comment right now: M K Stalin

06. 24 pm: Many of the development works have stagnated, most important issues are drinking water, farmer suicides, drought situation: M K Stalin

06. 05 pm: V K Sasikala reaches resort in Kovathur where AIADMK MLAs are lodged.

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05. 50 pm: AG Mukul Rohatgi advises the Governor that floor test should be held in the Tamil Nadu assembly.

05.22pm:

05. 14 pm: On being asked by reporters if the delay in forming Government is because of pending DA case verdict VK Sasikala said, “No, I don’t think so.”

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05. 02pm: DMK treasurer MK Stalin reaches party Headquarters in Chennai for strategy meeting.

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04. 36 pm: 

04.26 pm: V K Sasikala leaves for Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur for the third consecutive day to hold discussions with MLAs, according to reports.

04. 23 pm: AIADMK South Chennai (North) District Secretary and former MLA V P Kalairajan booked under different sections of IPC, including ‘criminal intimidation’ and on the charge of issuing ‘death threat’ to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam recently.

04.10 pm: This is a political matter and in this kind of political situation, the central government cannot intervene. It comes under the state affairs. Why should the central government interfere there. There is no reason. The matter is an internal matter between the various groups or the MLAs of the AIADMK: Kiren Rijiju

03.45 pm: This is an internal matter of AIADMK. There is no question of the central government intervening as we have no locus standi: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.

03.30 pm: We will continue our peaceful protest for formation of Government: AIADMK

2.40 pm: Sasikala addressing supporters gathered outside Poes Garden residence, says attempts to divide AIADMK will not succeed (read more)

2.20 pm:

2.12 pm: Panneerselvam asked me to take charge then, but I said I can’t at this juncture. So Panneerselvam was made the CM: Sasikala

2.10 pm: “When Amma passed away, I came to know about conspiracy being hatched to divide the party. Even when I was in such pain, for the party’s future I stood firm on my stand. All of you must know what is the truth,” Sasikala speaks to reporters.

2.05 pm: Sasikala speaks at Poes Garden, says, “People are trying to divide the organisation, I won’t let this happen.”

1.24 pm: Police tells Madras HC that neither of the 119 MLAs in Kuvathur resort are complaining of alleged coercion.

1.15 pm: AIADMK says petition filed in Supreme Court asking Tamil Nadu Governor to invite VK Sasikala to form the government within 24 hours. (read more)

12.50 pm: AIADMK spokesperson Vaigai Chelvan asserted that a majority of its MLAs are behind Sasikala and claimed the chances of Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao “inviting” her today were “high.” (read more)

12.20 pm: AIADMK’s official handle tweets quoting Sasikala, “No one can create any hurdles. I am not scared of anyone. I will succeed.”

12.15 pm: DMK working president MK Stalin reaches Tamil Nadu secretariat.

12.10 pm: OPS offers prayers and meets supporters at his residence before leaving for Tamil Nadu secretariat.

(Source: Twitter/@ANI_news) (Source: Twitter/@ANI_news)

12.00 pm: OPS is expected to make his first visit to the Secretariat after revolt today.

As the desertions unfolded, Sasikala met AIADMK MLAs housed at a private resort in Kuvathur on Sunday evening. During the closed-door interaction, she is learnt to have promised them that she will form the government in 72 hours and asked them to “stay strong”. Following the meeting, she talked to reporters where, calling Jayalalithaa a lioness, she said she was a lioness’ cub who had upset many rivals and that had led to the present crisis.

Panneerselvam too addressed reporters and requested MLAs to seek the view of people in their constituencies on Sunday. Out of 50 AIADMK MPs, two Rajya Sabha MPs and nine Lok Sabha MPs have joined the OPS camp so far. The camp claims support of seven MLAs, including the caretaker CM and Education Minister M Pandiarajan.

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