In AIADMK fight, Sasikala asks Congress for support to form government

TNCC chief said it was an "internal affair" of AIADMK, as the MLAs had decided on her leadership.

In AIADMK fight, Sasikala asks Congress for support to form government

A day after meeting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, the VK Sasikala camp in the AIADMK is in touch with the Congress for support to form the government should any emergency arise.

According to a report in Times of India, Sasikala is upset over MLAs slipping through her fingers despite being in a secluded place since Wednesday. The Congress high command on Friday met Tamil Nadu Congress chief S Thirunavukkarasar and legislature party leader K Ramasamy in New Delhi. With the allegations that Centre is meddling in the state's affairs, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also expected to meet party MLAs from Tamil Nadu.


Notably, AIADMK has 135 MLAs in the 234-member assembly, however, in the meeting with Governor Rao, Sasikala could only claim 129 MLAs, even that was contested by the rivals saying that it could be around 100, as others support rival claimant O Panneerselvam.

Panneerselvam said he's confident of proving majority in the House if he gets the governor's nod. He has alleged party MLAs have been "held hostage" in Golden Bay resort on the East Coast Road, and they are on hunger strike.

Times quoted its Congress sources as saying that the Sasikala camp was trying to reach the high command. The party, an ally of DMK, has eight MLAs. A senior Congress official said, "Congress MLAs are keen that the high command takes a popular stand. It should not be a suicidal attempt, akin to 1996."
 In 1996, then Congress chief P V Narasimha Rao's decision to go against the popular opinion of a Congress-DMK alliance, and tie up with Jayalalithaa, had cost the party. The legislature party which met at Sathyamurthy Bhavan on Thursday morning took an anti-Sasikala stand, sources said.

TNCC chief said it was an "internal affair" of AIADMK, as the MLAs had decided on her leadership. He flayed the Centre for resorting to "dilatory tactics".
"The governor has to act independently. I strongly suspect Centre is interfering in the state government and AIADMK with an ulterior motive," he told Times.


However, there has been no comment by TNCC chief on being approached by the AIADMK.