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LIVE Tamil Nadu crisis: 31-member cabinet led by Palanisamy to take oath at 4:30 PM, Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran not in the list

O Panneerselvam says he will prove his majority, meanwhile, V K Sasikala says Panneerselvam is a traitor.

LIVE Tamil Nadu crisis: 31-member cabinet led by Palanisamy to take oath at 4:30 PM, Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran not in the list
Sasikala was convicted by SC, O Panneerselvam was expelled from AIDMK and E Palanisamy looks all set to take over the reigns of Tamil Nadu. (PTI)

Tamil Nadu crisis: Check all days update on the crisis in Tamil Nadu as well as on VK Sasikala, O Panneerselvam and others here. Sasikala loyalist E Palanisamy will meet the governor today. On Tuesday he was elected as legislative party chief of the party soon after the Supreme Court had asked Sasikala to surrender.

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3:42 PM: Protests have started against the appointment of Palanisamy as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

3:37 PM: Most cabinet members under O Panneerselvam to be retained by Palanisamy.

3:35 PM: AIADMK leaders have started to reach Raj Bhavan for the oath ceremony.

(Source: Twitter)

3:30 PM: Here is the complete list of members who will take the oath with Palanisamy:

List 2
Part 3
Part 4. (ANI)

3:25 PM: Palanisamy has submitted the list of 31 ministers who will form his cabinet and will take the oath with him at 4:30 PM.

3:17 PM: The list doesn’t contain the name of Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran who was being tipped to hold an important place.

3:16 PM: According to reports 27 ministers will take the oath with Palanisamy.

3:10 PM: Madras High Court dismisses habeas corpus pleas to trace two AIADMK MLAs who were allegedly under illegal detention at Koovathur resort.

2:55 PM: Senior leader K Pandiarajan says MLAs will support Amma’s rule and the rule of Sasikala family.

2:42 PM: Picture of AIADMK MLAs leaving the Golden Bay Resort:

(Source: Twitter)

2:35 PM: DMK MP TKS Elangovan has questioned governor’s decision to give 15 days Palanisamy to prove his majority. “Why 15 days have been given to CM to prove his majority? Governor himself is not confident,” said TKS Elangovan.

2:30 PM: V Maitreyan has reached the Election Commission’s office with a 10-man delegation.

2:22 PM: O Panneerselvam’s camp led by V Maitreyan has reached the Election Commission’s office.

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2:20 PM: Sasikala loyalists reportedly to be inducted into the cabinet. Will her relatives be left out?

2:15 PM: Palanisamy has reached the Raj Bhavan to submit his cabinet list.

2:10 PM: A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court to convert her house, Poes Garden into ‘Amma Memorial’.

2:05 PM: A plea has been filed in the Madras Court against Palanisamy’s swearing in ceremony.

1:55 PM: “Amma’s traitors given prominence but I will continue the Dharma Yudha,” says O Panneerselvam.

1:50 PM: Over 15 MLAs have left the Golden Bay Resort and are now heading towards Chennai.

1:45 PM: Meanwhile, all the party MLAs that were held at a private resort since 9th February have been released. OPS claims they were held against their wish and terms them ‘hostages’.

1:40 PM: Dinakaran has been appointed as the Deputy General Secretary of AIADMK. He was expelled by Jayalalithaa in 2011. He is the nephew of VK Sasikala.

1:35 PM: “We will not let the party (AIADMK) go into the hands of few of VK Sasikala family members,” says OPS.

1:30 PM: O Panneerselvam says Amma’s soul has been in distress since 11:30 am.

1:25 PM: AIADMK workers and supporters have been distributing payasam (sweet dish) outside Golden Bay Resort after E.Palanisamy election as the CM.

1:10 PM: M Thambidurai says Palanisamy has the support of all 134 party MLAs except O Panneerselvam.

1:05 PM: O Panneerselvam will address the media shortly.

1:00 PM: AIADMK leader M Thambidurai calls Palanisamy appointment people’s victory. He also said that we will carry forward Amma’s legacy in the coming days.

12:55 PM: Here is the press release from Raj Bhavan:

(Source: AIADMK/ twitter)

12:50 PM: AIADMK MP V.Maitreyan from O Panneerselvam camp will meet Election Commission officials in Delhi at 2.45 PM. He will ask to revoke Sasikala as the General secretary of the party.

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12:34 pm: Sasikala’s supporters raise slogans against O Panneerselvam outside Golden Bay Resorts in Kovathur.

12:18 pm: Palaniswami asked to prove majority in the Assembly within 15 days by the governor.

12:12 pm: Governor invites Palanisamy to for the government; he is set to be next CM of Tamil Nadu.

11:44 am: E Palaniswami reaches Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao. In a meeting with governor yesterday the former had staked claim to for the government.

11:21 am:  O Panneerselvam camp demands floor test. Palanisamy may be sworn as chief minister today evening at 4:30 pm, says Times Now report.

10:56 am: Five member team including E.Palanisamy and K A Sengottaiyan leaves from Golden Bay resort to meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhawan.

10: 35 am: Sasikala loyalist E Palanisamy to meet Governor Vidyasagar Rao today, says Times Now report.

9:43 am: As of now, neither O Panneerselvam nor E Palanisamy has been called to form government: Governor House Sources to ANI.

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8:20 am: Governor C Vidyasagar Rao may invite Edapaddi K Palaniswami by this afternoon, according to NDTV report.


All eyes are on Governor C Vidyasagar Rao over the swearing-in of the new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister after Edapaddi K Palaniswami and rival O Panneerselvam met him with claims of majority support of AIADMK MLAs. AIADMK legislature party leader Palanisamy, who had called on the Governor to stake claim for forming the government, met him again this evening, with his camp claiming support of 124 of the party’s 134 MLAs. Tamil Nadu has a 234-member legislative assembly. Notably, AIADMK chief V K Sasikala was sent to jail after she had surrendered before a trial court in Bengaluru, after the Supreme Court restored her conviction in the two-decades-old disproportionate assets case.

Driving from Chennai straight to the court, 60-year-old Sasikala appeared before the special court judge Ashwathnarayana, as the Supreme Court refused to give her a breather rejecting her request for more time to surrender. Travelling in the same car that Jayalalithaa used, Sasikala had arrived at the central jail housed at Parappana Agrahara, close to Hosur on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border, last evening amid tight security.


12:45 am: “We have given the Governor a list of legislators supporting our legislature party leader Palaniswami. Governor told us that our representation will be considered and we are confident that democracy will be protected,” Jayakumar toldreporters after the meeting.

11:45 pm:  Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who was among those who accompanied Palaniswami, claimed the group has the support of 124 MLAs. (Reports PTI)

10.45 pm: The meeting between Panneerselvam camp and Governor is still underway. The time taken for the meeting is relatively more than what was expected by scribes outside Raj Bhawan.

9.45 pm: Panneerselvam camp may come out any moment and address media

9.00 pm: As per India Today TV, EPS camp has claimed a support of 124 MLAs.

8.30 pm: Panneerselvam camp arrives to meet Governor.

8.27 pm: Palaniswamy-Sasikala camp submits list of supporting MLAs to governor, Times Now reported.

8.21 pm: Court heard VK Sasikala’s appeal and referred it to Jail authorities, she has been given a cell that will be shared with 2 other inmates.

8.09 pm: Sasikala has been kept inside an ordinary cell, to earn Rs 50 per day.

8.00 pm: Edappadi Palanisamy reaches Raj Bhavan to meet Governor

7:21 PM: Palanisamy must be invited to form government in Tamil Nadu says, BJP leader Subramanian Swami

7:07 PM: Governor is likely to meet both camps of AIADMK.

6:54 PM: Four cars in Sasikala’s convoy damaged in vandalism near central jail: Police.

6:30 PM: Sasikala taken to her cell in Parappana Agrahara Jail. She is prisoner number 10711.

6:21 PM: After medical check up Sasikala and her sister in law Illaverasi appear before judge. Another convict Sudhakaran has not yet reached court, says report.

5:50 PM: Sasikala surrenders before Bengaluru court.

5:35 PM: MLAs statement being recorded Kovathur’s Golden Bay Resort. Earlier in the day  a case filed against Sasikala & Palanisamy by DMK MLA Saravanan under 3 sections of IPC.

5:16 PM: Sasikala reaches Bengaluru jail to serve four-year term, as directed by the Supreme Court. Surrender formalities to be completed soon. Her lawyers still seeking relief, say reports. Judge present at Parappana Agrahara prison. Today, Registrar of Karnataka High Court had ordered shifting of court to Parappana Agrahara Jail in Bengaluru.

4:50 PM: Sasikala’s husband reach Parappana Agrahara jail premises.

4:15 PM: Sasikala’s supporters gather outside Parappana Agrahara prison. She will be kept there to serve her four year jail term.

3:45 PM: Police still deployment outside Kovathur’s Golden Bay Resort, where MLAs of AIADMK are lodged.

2:51 PM: Governor may invite Sasikala confidante EPalanisami to form government today evening, says NDTV report. He was elected as leader of legislative party yesterday.

2:19 PM: Governor likely to decide on Tamil Nadu crisis today, India Today report says.

2:05 PM: Cops enter Golden Bay resort, report Times now. Investigations underway.

1:45 PM: As per reports Sasikala had turned emotional at Jayalalithaa’s memorial. She is on her way to surrender before a court in Bengaluru. As per reports Sasikala had turned emotional at Jayalalithaa’s memorial. She is on her way to surrender before a court in Bengaluru.

1:09 PM: AIADMK organisation secretary Nellai Karuppasamy Pandian resigns in protests against Dinakaran’s appointment as party deputy general secretary earlier today.

12:45 PM: Case filed against Sasikala & Palanisamy in a complaint filed by DMK MLA Saravanan under 3 sections of IPC, reports Times Now.

12:08 PM: Sasikala leaves for Bengaluru to surrender. She will be kept in Parappana Agrahara prison in the Karnataka capital. She will travel by road.

12:03 PM: Sasikala visits Jayalalithaa’s memorial before leaving for Bengaluru.

11:46 AM: Sasikala leaves Poes Garden in Chennai. To visit Jayalalithaa’s memorial before leaving for Bengaluru.

11:15 AM: Sasikala may surrender today in DA Case. She may also seek two weeks time on health grounds, says report.

10:54 AM: We do not intend to pass any order on this. We are not going to change anything in the judgement: Supreme Court on Tamil Nadu crisis.

10:45 AM: Supreme Court refuses to entertain Sasikala’a plea seeking time to surrender for serving jail term in DA case.

10:15 AM: Final majority even within party can only be on House floor. I expect position to be ceared in in next 2-3 days and there will be regular CM, says Rohatgi.

10:05 AM: Governor can now either have composite floor test between heads of 2 rival groups and decide who will be CM or if he finds that one group has, says Mukul Rohatgi.

9:55 AM: TTV Dhinakaran appointed as Deputy General Secretary of AIADMK.

9:45 AM: Pathbreaking verdict. This shows corruption in high places cannot work: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

8:12 AM: VK Sasikala is present at Chennai’s Poes Garden residence, security arrangements in place.

6:01 AM: Have only one wish that you (AIADMK workers) work for people’s welfare. ou must continue with your work sans fear. Please don’t cry: VK Sasikala.

Sasikala was convicted by the 2-judge Supreme Court bench in Disproportionate Assets case and was sentenced to 4 years in jail. This means that  Sasikala has to lay off her claim to the post of the CM of Tamil Nadu. That plays into O Panneerselvam’s hands and he will have the chair without having to go through with proving his strength in the Assembly. Sasikala has to serve the remainder of her 3 years and 6 months in jail and cannot compete in any election for the period of 10 years. According to last reports, the police had reached the Golden Bay resort, where Sasikala was reportedly seen with her MLAs. According to Times Now, certain MLAs have been abandoning the sinking ship and have already shown their support of O Panneerswelvam, who in all likeliness will continue as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

February 14

11: 52 pm: Dear AIADMK cadres,continue our people welfare works.-Respected Chinnamma, AIADMK offcial twitter.

11:11 pm: O Panneerselval hints at projecting Deepa Jayakumar and putting himself into the background in future. Set to promote Deepa as the true political heir of J Jayalalithaa.

10:26 PM: V K Sasikala says, “Case (DA) was filed by DMK, I’ll handle this. You (MLAs) have to remain resolute and make sure people question DMK’s existence.”

10:25 PM: V K Sasikala breaks down, says “No force can separate me from AIADMK, no matter where I’ll be, I’ll always think about party.”

V K Sasikala. (ANI)

10:20 PM: V KSasikala says, “I feel so satisfied that despite facing troubles, MLAs are supporting me. I’m sure we’ll get the invitation as soon as possible as we remained quiet.”

10.00 PM: Deepa Jayakumar and O Panneerselvam paid tributes to Jayalalithaa at Marina Beach.

09.50 PM: On on being asked if this is her official entry into Tamil Nadu politics, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar said, “Yes, it is.”

09.35 PM: V K Sasikala leaves Kuvathur’s Golden Bay resort.

09:30 PM: Late Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar reaches Chennai’s Marina Beach to join O Panneerselvam

09:15 PM: O Panneerselvam heading to Jaya Memorial

09:05 PM: Thaniyarasu, Tamil Nadu Kongu Ilaignar Peravai at Kuvathur resort said, “Not held against our wishes, we are here as a united family.”

08:50 PM: O Panneerselvam to meet Governor

08:15 PM: Visuals of the Hyderabad property of Jayalalithaa that was mentioned in Supreme Court’s DA case verdict in which that V K Sasikala was convicted

Jayalalithaa’s property in Hyderabad (ANI)

07: 50 PM: AIADMK’s V Maitreyan and PH Pandian leave after meeting Tamil Nadu Governor at Raj Bhavan

07: 30 PM: DGP and Chennai’s police commissioner S George meet TN Governor at Raj Bhavan, on law and order situation of the state

07:06 PM: MLAs at Golden Bay resort to leave by Bus

07:01 PM: Supporters including transgenders felicitate OPanneerselvam at his residence after SC’s DA case verdict that convicted V KSasikala

06:53 PM: AIADMK MP and O Panneerselvam supporter V Maitreyan to meet Governor in Raj Bhavan at 7 PM

06:37 PM: Sasikala not to surrender today

05:42 PM: We went to the resort but we were prevented from entering: S. Semmalai, AIADMK MLA and supporter of O Panneerselvam

05:26 PM: Sasikala delaying surrender. India Today reports that she might seek time on health grounds

05:16 PM: AIADMK Legislature party leader Edapadi K.Palanisamy reaches Raj Bhavan to meet Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao

04:52 PM: We urge governor to chose on credibility. People might not accept Sasikala’s proxy: BJP

04:23 PM: Whoever is going to lead AIADMK, shouldn’t be a puppet of  V Sasikala clan and should be someone whom Jayalalithaa chose: Deepa Jayakumar

04:22 PM: Good verdict; SasikalaNatarajan and her family don’t deserve to lead the people of TN: Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar

04:16 PM: Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao gives appointment to AIADMK Legislature party leader Edapadi K.Palanisamy at 5:30 pm today.

04:15 PM: SC gave a timeline for judgement, governor must have used his discretionary power to wait till things are clear: Ram Madhav

04:05 PM: New AIADMK chief E Palanisamy to meet Tamil Nadu governor with the proposal to form government

04:01 PM: Palanisamy claims to have the support of 135 MLAs to form government

03:25 PM: Sasikala has always pushed away the ones she did not like, Amma never liked VK Sasikala: Deepa, Jaya’s niece to Times Now

03:20 PM: Police stopped O Paneerselvam’s supporters while they were on the way to Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur, where party MLAs are staying

02:41 PM: Leaders including Minister K Pandiarajan, PH Pandian, N Vishvananthan and senior leader C Ponnaiyan expelled by V Sasikala: AIADMK

02: 32 PM: Sasikala has no moral or legal right to suspend anyone: Pandiarajan, Panneerselvam loyalist

02:29 PM: Centre has no role to play, Guv will take decision based on situation: Union Min Venkaiah Naidu

02:10 PM: Information that Panneerselvam with police is coming at resort, this could create law and order problems: A. Navaneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP

01:52 PM: We have sent a letter to Governor and are awaiting his reply: Edapadi K.Palanisamy

01:07 PM: E Palaniswamy to meet the governor shortly, will submit letter of support


12:53 PM: V K Sasikala to be taken to Bengaluru

12:50 PM: Amma’s spirit is guiding us: O Panneerselvam

12:46 PM: E Palaniswamy elected Sasikala’s proxy in the AIADMK

12:45 PM: People of Tamil Nadu have been saved: O Panneerselvam

12:42 PM: Panneerselvam sacked from primary membership of AIADMK

12:29 PM: Governor to ask O Panneerselvam to show a strength in the assembly

O Panneerselvam ‘s supporters celebrate V K Sasikala ‘s conviction. (ANI)

12:17 PM: V K Sasikala’s brother Divakaran, and her nephew T T V Dinakaran also inside Golden Bay resort

12:04 PM: Jayalalithaa’s nephew Deepak seen at the resort? Will he take up th leader’s position as Sasikala’s proxy?

12:03 PM: Subramanian Swamy questions O Panneerselvam’s quality, says the latter hasn’t produced required list of MLAs.

12:00 PM: Another twist in the tale? Sasikala’s MLAs to declare for another leader

11:59 AM: Governor whose role has been circumspect, must call special assembly session&both AIADMK factions for way forward: RS Surjewala

O Panneerselvam’s supporters celebrate V K Sasikala ‘s conviction. (ANI)
Four state transport buses have entered the Golden Bay resort in #Kovathur led by two IGP rank officers. (ANI)

11:43 AM: Sasikala convicted by SC in DA case: Justice has finally been served, says MK Stalin

11:41 AM: Following conviction, 2 MLAs switch sides,  Mettupalayam MLA O.K. Chinnaraj and Mylapore MLA Natarajan move to O Panneerselvam’s camp

11:33 AM: Another AIADMK MLA joins PAnnerselvam camp, Mettupalayam MLA O.K. Chinnaraj joins OPS

11:22 AM: Sasikala reacts to the SC verdict, breaks down on hearing

11:20 AM: Praise-worthy verdict, says Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General on the verdict against Sasikala in DA case


11:19 AM: Great verdict by SC, it acted against corruption: Ram Madhav, BJP

11:18 AM: This is a great success for Tamil Nadu people. It is a victory of truth and judicial system: Tamilan Prasanna, DMK 

11:17 AM: I was expecting the conviction. I don’t think she can escape the 4 years sentence: Subramanian Swamy on SC’s verdict

11:14 AM:  In the past whenever Amma was in crisis, I also suffered this time also I will take it upon me. ‘Dharma’ will win: AIADMK quotes Sasikala 

11:05 AM: Police reach Golden Bay resort; Sasikala is reportedly at the resort with her MLAs

11:04 AM: Sasikala to surrender in Karnataka Court immediately.

11:02 AM: Justice has been done. Judgement shows how strong & independent is our judiciary: Former Advocate General BV Acharya 

11:01 AM: All the accused have to serve the remainder of their jail terms; 3 years and 6 months

10:54 AM: Sasikala asked to pay fine of Rs 10 crore, cannot contest any elections for the next 10 years

10:50 AM: Karnataka High Court order set aside by SC, asks Sasikala to surrender before trial court.

10:49 AM:  Both judges convict Sasikala. Sasikala has been barred for contesting polls

10:37 AM: Sasikala convicted in Disproportionate Assets case

10:35 AM: Judges arrive in Supreme Court

10:28 AM: 2-judges bench of SC to give judgement in Sasikala Disproportionate Assets case

Tamil Nadu: Security beefed up in Chennai ahead of Sasikala’s disproportionate assets case verdict

10: 15 AM: Govt will implement Supreme Court’s verdict; it is the discretion of Governor to call Sasikala or not: MoS (Law & Justice) P P Choudhary

9: 56 AM: Clear that there are disproportionate assets, question is how much?: Subramanian Swamy on SC to deliver judgement in Sasikala DA case

Sasikala fate to be decided by Supreme Court today; here is all you want to know 

9: 50 AM: AIADMK senior leader M. Thambidurai reaches Golden Bay Resort in Kovathur to meet V KSasikala, who is already present inside

9: 45 AM: Security deployment outside Poes Garden, as precaution ahead of SC’s verdict in DA case against V K Sasikala, to be announced today

9: 40 AM: Security deployed outside Golden Bay Resort as a precaution in wake of today’s judgement in DA case against VK Sasikala

9: 30 AM: Supreme Court to deliver its judgement in disproportionate assets case against VKSasikala, today.

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First published on: 14-02-2017 at 09:52 IST