Don't underestimate the power of a common woman, says Sasikala; OPS says crocodile tears won't help

The Supreme Court is expected to announce any day this week its decision on whether Sasikala is guilty, along with former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, of amassing a fortune far beyond her known sources of income.

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In the continuing political drama of Tamil Nadu politics, the same party rivals have now started scathing attacks on each other. While teary eyed Sasikala addressed AAIDMK MLAs playing the Amma card, O Panneerselvam hit back saying crocodile tears won't help.

Addressing the media, O Panneerselvam said, "129 MLAs staying in Golden Bay Resorts should be released and they should meet people in their respective constituencies to get a sense of the public mood."


In an attempt to target Sasikala, he further said, "Shedding crocodile tears, passing new remarks every day is not going to help. Will prove everything in assembly." He further alleged that the AIADMK MLA's are being tortured while being captive.

The Tamil Nadu police is likely to submit a report today before the Madras High Court on whether MLAs are held captive at Golden Bay Resorts or not. However, Sasikala says MLA's haven't been held captive and hits back at OPS saying he may send police to free them.

In an address to AIADMK clan last night, wiping tears with a handkerchief, Sasikala told lawmakers that Jayalalithaa's last words to her were - "No one can destroy the party." The former chief minister died in December.

"Amma and I have both seen jails in Chennai and Bengaluru. We've also come back and captured power. So don't underestimate the power of a common woman, we can do anything," Sasikala told lawmakers.

Earlier in the day, she had commented that it was "very difficult" to be a woman in politics. "You 129 MLAs (lawmakers) are like an ocean. None can contain it by building a dam," she declared.

The Supreme Court is expected to announce any day this week its decision on whether Sasikala is guilty, along with former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, of amassing a fortune far beyond her known sources of income. If convicted, she cannot contest elections for six years.

NDT quoted Raj Bhavan sources as saying that the concerns are about Sasikala being able to win elections in 6 months if made Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

On February 5, AIADMK party members voted for Sasikala to be the Chief Minister, having Panneerselvam resign from the post. However, two days later, Panneerselvam revolted saying that he was forced to resign. The state waits for Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to make a call on the situation. However, Governor has indicated that he would rather wait for the court verdict.

O Panneerselvam's MP count rises to 11. The caretaker Chief Minister is now having support if 11 MPs and seven MLAs. Total 18 senior AIADMK leaders are with Panneerselvam, however, Sasikala claims she has 129 MLAs supporting her.

The contenders need at least 118 lawmakers in the 234-member assembly to be able to become Chief Minister.