AIADMK leaders missing for two days, Madras HC asks police for report
The MLAs were taken in luxury buses to hotels and resorts on Wednesday and where they were expected to stay until they are presented before the Governor for a show of strength
The Madras High Court on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu police to submit a report on the 120 MLAs of AIADMK who have been reportedly closely guarded by party general secretary VK Sasikala lest they defect to the acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Chennai police chief S George visited Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on this morning amid complaints by Panneerselvam's supporters that the lawmakers are being held "hostage".
The MLAs were taken in luxury buses to hotels and resorts on Wednesday and where they were expected to stay until they are presented before the Governor for a show of strength.
Of the 134 party MLAs in the assembly, 5 have turned allegiance towards Panneerselvam, who resigned last week as the chief minister and later claimed that he was forced to step out from the post for Sasikala to take over.
Several media and people tried to get a hold of the "missing" MLAs but failed till now. A list of names and numbers of MLAs are widely shared on Twitter as part of an online campaign titled "Call Your MLA" that asks to call legislators and give their opinion about who should be the next CM. The campaign has been reportedly started by Panneerselvam supporters.
NDTV quoted AIADMK leader B Valarmathi as saying, "All MLAs lodged in the resort have willingly switched off their mobile phones as they are getting threatening calls." Panneerselvam has asked for five days to prove that he has the support of the party MLAs.
A number of party big names like V Maitreyan and E Madhusudhanan have joined him.
Meanwhile, E Madhusudhanan for his open support of Panneerselvam has been removed from the official post of Presidium chairman of AIADMK. The party announced the decision through their official Twitter account. K A Sengottayan has been appointed as the new Presidium chairman of the party.
E.Madusudhanan removed from his post as presidium chairman and from primary membership of AIADMK.
— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) February 10, 2017