Tamil Nadu crisis: Police, revenue officials inquire AIADMK MLAs staying in resort

Stepping aside for a loyalist would take the fire off from Sasikala, and will rob the single reason around which rebel leader Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has built his insurgency against the leadership.

Citing the disproportionate Asset case against Sasikala, Governor Rao said that it won't be prudent to call Sasikala to form the government as the situation in Tamil Nadu is very critical.

Panneerselvam has been claiming he has the support of a majority of party MLAs and that he would prove his strength on the floor of the house, but not disclosed the number of AIADMK legislators supporting him.

According to PTI, Governor Rao is likely to obtain further legal opinion before taking a decision.

Sasikala had removed Panneerselvam from the Treasurer post immediately after his revolt, but he has maintained that being a temporary general secretary, she does not have the powers to appoint or remove party functionaries.

Earlier in the day, in a letter to Tamil Nadu governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, Sasikala recalled that she had met him on February 9 along with her senior ministers, consequent to her seeking an appointment with him to hand over the letter of party MLAs electing her as their leader.

Sasikala has already submitted documents electing her as the leader of legislature party and staked her claim to form the government.

Rao is the Governor of Maharashtra and holds additional charge of Tamil Nadu.

Addressing his supporters while welcoming AIADMK presidium chairman E Madusudanan, who is against Sasikala's elevation as Chief Minister, Panneerselvam claimed she had given a "false declaration that she had not even thought of betraying Amma", in an apology letter she had purportedly written to Jayalalithaa while being readmitted to the party after being expelled. She was accompanied by ten Ministers during her 30-minute meeting with the Governor. "We urge the President of India, Prime Minister, Home Minister to take severe action against her for threatening the state Governor", Maitreyan, who has joined the Panneerselvam camp, told IANS.

The political chaos in Chennai began on Tuesday with Panneerselvam, who had submitted his letter of resignation on Sunday, alleging that he was coerced to resign by certain leaders of the party.

"We came voluntarily to stay together".

"Public support is with Panneerselvam".

  • Leroy Wright