131 MLAs attended Sasikala-chaired meeting: AIADMK spokesperson Saraswathi
�As far as we are concerned, about 131 MLAs have come here (party headquarters). We are Amma (Jayalalithaa) loyalists. How can we leave? Chinnamma (Sasikala) will come as Chief Minister,� Saraswathi claimed.
AIADMK has claimed that 131 out of its 134 MLAs attended the meeting chaired by party chief VK Sasikala to discuss the fallout of the revolt by caretaker Chief Minister O Panneeselvam.
Asserting that Sasikala will take over as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Party spokesperson CR Saraswathi said “true AIADMK supporters” will not desert the party as they are “Amma’s loyalists.”
“As far as we are concerned, about 131 MLAs have come here (party headquarters). We are Amma (Jayalalithaa) loyalists. How can we leave? Chinnamma (Sasikala) will come as Chief Minister,” Saraswathi claimed.
While responding to the questions on Panneerselvam stating he would prove his majority in the Assembly, Saraswathi said: “How could those marching towards Panneerselvam camp be construed as genuine AIADMK members as one could even obtain membership online.”
Remembering the history of AIADMK, after the death of its founder MG Ramachandran, Saraswathi said some even joined the faction led by his widow Janaki, but it was Jayalalithaa who united the party and led it to its glory.
“We all want to take forward the task carried out by Amma. Those who treat Amma as God, the leader (party chief) as God and those who equate the party to their life– none of them have deserted the party,” she remarked.
“True supporters will remain steadfast at Poes Garden. Nobody can split or destroy our party. This is a supporters’ movement,” Saraswathi has expressed her hope over the party and party supporters.
Backing Sasikala for the state’s top executive post, Saraswathi said: “give time for any person to prove her capability. She had been with Amma for 33 years, she knows how to run the party and government.”
Saraswathi again asserted that it was desirable to have a woman replace Jayalalithaa as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.