An AIADMK worker was hacked to death by unknown miscreants Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai city today, a report by News X has said. As per the report, the incident of three men beating him up was caught on camera. The incident has come on the backdrop of the internal conflict that the party is facing now a days with both party chief Sasikala and O Pannerselvam claiming the rightful heir of the chief minister’s chair. Few days back the later had claimed that he was forced to resign as the state chief minister, but is now willing to take back his resignation.
Earlier in the day, three more Lok Sabha MPs fro the party extended support to acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam today. The latest development has weakened the earlier position the AIADMK had in the Lower House of the Parliament as the third largest group. MPs B. Senguttuvan, Jayasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee, and RP Marutharajaa visited O Panneerselvam at his residence.
With this, the number of MPs supporting O Pannerselvam has gone up to seven. Apart from them a Rajya Sabha member is also supporting him. Yesterday, at least four Lok Sabha members V Sathyabama, K. Ashok Kumar, P.R. Sundaram and R. Vanaroja had joined Panneerselvam camp.
V Maitreyan, the Rajya Sabha MP from the party, was the first to come in support of Panneerselvam after he revolted against Sasikala, who was about to become chief minister after her election as the legislature party leader of the party in the Tamil Nadu assembly. Both Sasikala and Pannerselvam are locked in power struggle after the death of then Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa on December 5.
Yesterday, there were also reports that Sasikala may not become the chief minister herself, but may pick somebody else for the top job.
(With inputs from IANS)