'Letter to Governor stating I will kill myself is fake,' says Sasikala

Tamil director, producer, and actor Manobala extends support to Panneerselvam.

Paneerselvam has waged a revolt against Sasikala, the aspiring Chief Minister, who recently became the partys General Secretary and leader of the Legislature Party.

"To protect AIADMK, everybody should join hands with OPS (Panneerselvam)", Madhusudhanan said, adding that he did not want the party to get into the hands of a single family. Party veteran C Ponnaiyan, former minister MM Rajendra Prasad and V Sathyabama too joined him. In that scenario, the Governor may impose President's rule in the state. That is why I had earlier issued a statement in support of the students and young protesters. I will not be cowed down by anything. He said "we have sought an appointment with the Governor".

A reliable source reveal that as of now 39 MLAs have switched over to OPS camp from Sasikala's. OPS's meeting lasts for 30 minutes, comes out confidently, saying "Dharma will prevail". "If she has the majority of the MLAs with her, then there is no option other than inviting her to form the Government", said Swamy after his meeting with the Governor. "He was made Chief Ministe". The legislators allegedly backing Sasikala were accommodated in a resort overnight.

Rattled by the desertions and delay, Sasikala said, "All party MLAs are fine".

She accused Sasikala of favouring those who were "rejected" by late Jayalalithaa. Sasikala has just went to meet them and the entire group is expected go an meet the Governor to stake claim to form the government. Ms Sasikala is named in a case that alleges she has assets disproportionate to her income.

Speaking to the media at his residence, Panneerselvam said: "Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence will be converted into a memorial".

Panneerselvam, now parroting that he was conned to sleepwalk into the legislators' meeting not knowing that it was meant to elect Sasikala as their leader and automatic chief ministerial candidate, is questionable.

Rao also feels that the present political situation was only due to internal party affairs of AIADMK with no significant law and order incident reported on account of this.

DMK: The main opposition in Tamil Nadu, DMK, smarting under the 2016 poll defeat, and staring at a long spell of political wilderness, has been given a fresh lease of life due to the political storm.

The Chennai police began rounding up suspicious elements staying in lodges and hotels in the city.

  • Leroy Wright