High Drama In Tamil Nadu

Chennai: AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam during a programme in Chennai on Feb 12, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
O Panneerselvam (Photo: IANS)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister elect E. Palaniswami, AIADMK Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran and other leadersdiscussed government formation….reports Asian Lite News

Chennai: AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam during a programme in Chennai on Feb 12, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam during a programme in Chennai (Photo: IANS)

The leaders met at the Poes Garden residence of the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Palaniswami is expected to take oath as Chief Minister around 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, AIADMK legislators housed at a beach resort since last week will be returning to Chennai soon.

Minister for Milk and Dairy Development K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji told the media that Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao had saved democracy by inviting Palaniswamy to form a government.

He said the legislators will vacate the resort soon.

The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, M. Thambidurai, said Jayalalithaa’s legacy will continue in the state.

AIADMK activists gathered outside the party headquarters and Poes Garden in Chennai and at the beach resort celebrated the Governor’s decision to invite Palaniswami to form a new government.

The AIADMK party owing allegiance to now jailed General Secretary V.K. Sasikala made it clear that it will not embrace acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

Barring Panneerselvam and School Education Minister K. Pandiarajan, all other MLAs in “the rival camp are welcome to join us”, Handloom and Textiles Minister O.S. Manian told the media.

Manian’s statement came as it became clear that Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao was set to invite Sasikala loyalist E. Palaniswamy to form a new government.

On Wednesday evening, Palaniswamy met Rao and submitted a list of legislators supporting him and requested the Governor to invite him to form the government.

Earlier in the day, a senior leader in Panneerselvam’s camp told IANS that they expected a sizeable number of legislators from the Sasikala camp to join them. That was before the Governor invited Palaniswamy.

Meanwhile Tamil Nadu’s outgoing Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said the fight will continue against “one family controlling the AIADMK”.

In an apparent reference to the now jailed AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala, Panneerselvam said he launched a peaceful protest to save the party from becoming the property of one family.

This struggle, he said, gained good support from the people.

Panneerselvam said the people were angry as a new government was being formed with the support of legislators who he said were held in captivity since a power struggle erupted in the AIADMK.

He said he and his supporters would continue the fight and were confident of emerging victorious.

On February 7, Panneerselvam revolted against Sasikala alleging that he was forced to resign as Chief Minister to pave way for her to occupy that post.

Panneerselvam was later dismissed as the AIADMK Treasurer and also from the party’s primary membership.

Later, a section of AIADMK leaders started rallying behind him while Sasikala housed the legislators supporting her at a beach resort around 90 km from Chennai.