As the crisis withing the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu does not seem to be over yet, with both O Panneerselvam and Sasikala camps fighting as to who is the true heir of late J Jayalalithaa, senior party leader and Member of the Parliament V Sathyabama was latest to express his support for the acting chief minister of the state.
Earlier in the day, 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.
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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.
Sasikala, on the other hand also has the confidence that people who are going against her will not succeed in their plans as she has of the people of the state. “Amma is confident that I’ll look after AIADMK. Relentless work by Amma has made AIADMK third largest party. Amma is with us now. She is showing us betrayers of our party. People who think they can separate our party that has 1.5 crore people will only face defeat”, Sasikala said.