On a day that saw some leaders of AIADMK shifting their loyalties from party chief sasikala to state acting chief minister O Pannerselvam, party MP from Tiruvannamalai Vanaroja was the latest to shift to later’s camp late evening today.
The day also saw several leader leaving the Sasikala camp and putting their weight behind O Pannenerselvam. Another senior leader C Ponnaiyan and Tamil Nadu’s Education Minister K Pandiarajan. also met caretaker Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam at his residence to lend support to him. The day also saw AIADMK MPs from Namakkal and Krishnagiri, P R Sundaram and K Ashok Kumar joining the Pannerselvam camp.
While addressing the media Ponnaiyan said Panneerselvam is the only person who can lead the party. “O. Panneerselvam is the only person who can lead the party, no one else can including Sasikala Natarajan. In present situation, person who has been with the party for so many years & assumed duty of CM for two times is only OPS,” he added.
He also said that OPS was handpicked by Jayalalithaa to lead the party. Earlier in the day, K Pandiarajan said that Panneerselvam camp has a lot of support and it will grow in the coming days. “Our number will be more than what it is today. It will land at 135,” he added.
In the meantime, showing the party’s support behind Sasikala, a series of tweets quoting her has said that the wasted time lag looks is semmed to be like it was intended to create a split in the party. It also quoted her as saying that all MLAs are fine and were waiting patiently for a reply by the governor.
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Speaking to the media, party chief Sasikala also said that delaying tactics was an attempt to divide the party. She also threatened that from tomorrow her camp is likely to start a “new kind of protest”.