Defection season in AIADMK: Ponnaiyan, Pandiarajan join Panneerselvam; Sasikala warns MLAs

Education Minister Ma Foi Pandiarajan, former minister and spokesperson C Ponnaiyan and two Lok Sabha members, Krishnagiri MP Ashok Kumar and Namakkal MP PR Sundaram, joined the Panneerselvam camp.

Defection season in AIADMK: Ponnaiyan, Pandiarajan join Panneerselvam; Sasikala warns MLAs

With more senior leaders joining the O Panneerselvam camp, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala on Saturday seemed to be on the backfoot in her ongoing struggle to become the Tamil Nadu chief minister.

Education Minister Ma Foi Pandiarajan, former minister and spokesperson C Ponnaiyan and two Lok Sabha members, Krishnagiri MP Ashok Kumar and Namakkal MP PR Sundaram, joined the Panneerselvam camp. Ponnaiyan remarked that Panneerselvam is the true successor to deceased party chief J. Jayalalithaa’s true successor. Panneerselvam welcomed the new joinees.


In the evening, Sasikala visited the Golden Bay Beach Resort at Koovathur near Mahabalipuram along with her supporters to hold talks with MLAs put up there. Party sources claimed that 128 legislators, including 27 ministers, were present at the resort.

Sasikala also wrote a letter to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and urged him to meet her immediately. “Only to some extent we can be patient. After that we altogether would do what needs to be done,” she stated. She is said to have warned party MLAs not to change their minds.