Paneerselvam a betrayer, playing the dirty game of DMK : Sasikala

There was no word from the Governor, who met AIADMK chief VK Sasikala and the man she hopes to replace, O Panneerselvam yesterday. The Commission has also sought all details about this move of the party alongwith a copy of the resolution. Though he has been removed as AIADMK treasurer by Sasikala, Panneerselvam asserted his authority asking two banks to freeze AIADMK accounts.

AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala has expelled E. Madhusudhanan, a senior leader and presidium chairman of the AIADMK, from the party for carrying out anti-party activities and bringing ill repute to the party. This would mean finding a chief minister all over again Legal and Constitutional experts say that this is a straight forward case for the governor. The court reportedly observed, "If true, it is a matter of serious concern".

Uncertainty looms large in Tamil Nadu even after governor (additional charge) Vidyasagar Rao arrived in Chennai on Thursday. The majority MLAs were put up in Golden Bay resorts, located on the waterfront, in Kuvathur, about 75 km from Chennai.

A teary-eyed Sasikala placed before the memorial a big closed envelope believed to be the list of MLAs who have endorsed her candidature for the top post.

The Centre seems to have adopted a "wait and watch" policy towards the developments in the state.

According the channel, the Governor in a report to the Union Home Ministry cited the pending disproportionate assets (DA) case against Sasikala as the reason for her not being qualified to stake the claim.

One mistake that the governor appears to be doing is that he has not explained to the people so far as to why he is delaying the decision. "There was no delay in taking Amma to the hospital", she added. In the event that he perceives that neither of the factions can form a stable government, it is within his powers to dissolve the Assembly or keep it under suspended animation and to impose President's rule in the State. Gets support from another AIADMK leader, OP Pandian, who says Sasikala "only cares about money, money, money".

When asked if she thought that her swearing-in was being delayed by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, though she has been elected leader of the legislature party, she shot back: "I feel the same what you feel". His resignation was accepted by the governor, who had asked him to continue till the necessary arrangements were made.

  • Joanne Flowers