Sasikala drives down to beach resort to meet party MLAs

Since Panneerselvam's explosive revelation against Sasikala and her family on Tuesday night, the state capital is witness to hectic political activities.

Mr Panneerselvam told reporters that he was not "convinced of the decision" taken by this group, but "by then they had collected the signatures of the legislators" in favour of Sasikala, a close confidante of Jayalalitha. Actors Rajnikanth and Kamala Hassan are said to be against Sasikala and, by virtue of being with Modi, on the side of OPS. It came as Team Panneerselvam managed to draw in K Pandiarajan, the state's education minister and one of Ms Sasikala's most staunch supporters walked.

V K Sasikala, Jayalalithaa's long time aide and the current general secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), continues to live in the house. Two MPs and minister "Ma Foi" Pandiarajan have joined the OPS camp triggering panic in Sasikala camp.

Sasikala has sacked OPS from the party alleging that he was "colluded" with DMK.

Reacting to the development, AIADMK leader Apsara Reddy said that it was a clear case of political opportunism on the part of Pandiarajan, who till yesterday was part of the Sasikala camp. The swearing-in ceremony of Sasikala has been put on hold as interim chief minister O.

"This is the party's norm". AIADMK announces that party presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan has been removed from all party posts, and expelled from the party.

Sengottaiyan was relieved as the party's organisation secretary, a post to which he was appointed last week. There is widespread doubt about her death and hence the probe. O Panneerselvam is expected to meet the Governor as well. He asserted that he will prove his strength on the floor of the Assembly. In a major turn of events, Sasikala earlier staked her claim to form the government in Tamil Nadu.

Former speaker P.H.Pandian, a Panneerselvam backer, alleged that Sasikala is concerned only about accumulating wealth.

AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP V. Maitreyan reaches O Panneerselvam's residence. "Neither AIADMK nor me will be cowed down". But public mood seems to be against her. Since the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a disproportionate assets case against Sasikala, he has sought legal opinion on her elevation.

  • Leroy Wright