AIADMK fight: Chinnamma wants be next on Amma's chair, stakes claim for govt
Before the meeting, Sasikala visited former party chief Jayalalithaa's memorial for blessings and placed a list of 130 MLAs who are said to have claimed allegiance to her
V K Sasikala, the newly-appointed AIADMK general secretary, staked claim to form the government when she met Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday. She was accompanied by 10 party MLAs.
Before going for the meeting, she visited former party chief Jayalalithaa's memorial for blessings and placed a list of 130 MLAs who are said to have pledged allegiance to her. She met the Governor after rival claimant O Panneerselvam met Rao with his supporters.
Panneerselvam told the media that he apprised the Governor about the situation in the state. "I am sure the righteous will win," said Panneerselvam after meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan.
He also thanked all the MLAs who supported him in a brief press conference after the meeting. On Sunday last, Paneerselvam had put in his papers as chief minister when the clamour grew within the party that Sasikala should take over as CM.
But two days later in a sudden late-night visit to the Jayalalithaa memorial, Paneerselvam sat in meditation for some 40 minutes, communing with the late AIADMK leader's "spirit" and then turned the entire AIADMK succession battle on its head.
Though most of the party legislators have backed Sasikala, Panneerselvam is not ready to give up without a fight. He has in his support the backing of former AIADMK presidium chairman E. Madhusudhanan and V. Maitreyan.
He claimed that many other MLAs are privately in touch with him and will back him if he was permitted to go for a trust vote.
Earlier today, Panneerselvam said the AIADMK general secretary is “resorting to dirty tricks to usurp power”.