Tahlka News Desk
Chennai: A day after her loyalist took oath as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu ending weeks of uncertainty in the state, AIAMDK chief VK Sasikala and her nephews were 'removed' from the party by the O Panneerselvam camp on Friday. Sasikala, TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh were 'removed' by Panneerselvam loyalist E Madhusudanan, who was himself sacked from the post of AIADMK Presidium Chairman by Sasikala last week.
The swearing-in of Sasikala loyalist Edappadi Palaniswami as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu seems to have hiked tensions in the state with the O Panneerselvam camp vowing to campaign against 'Sasikala's government'.
On Friday, AIAMDK chief VK Sasikala and her nephews were 'removed' from the party by the O Panneerselvam camp. Sasikala, TTV Dinakaran and S Venkatesh were 'removed' by Panneerselvam loyalist E Madhusudanan, who was himself sacked from the post of AIADMK Presidium Chairman by Sasikala last week.
A press release by Madhusudanan has asked partymen to dissociate themselves from the trio. Taking on Sasikala the release says: "She had promised not to enter politics in a letter to Jayalalithaa in 2011."
The point to be noted here is that the press release is on the party letterhead.
The 'dismissal' comes a day before Palaniswami Tamil Nadu's third CM in two months proves his majority in the Assembly. A day before the vote of confidence, members from the O Panneerselvam camp have met Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal.
In the meeting, members of Team Panneerselvam have informed the Speaker that 10 MLAs who sided with the former CM over the last week would be taking part in tomorrow's vote of confidence. This leaves 124 MLAs with Edappadi Palaniswami, just enough for him to win.
Among those from the Panneerselvam camp who met the Speaker include K Pandiarajan, S Semmalai and Shanmuganthan (all MLAs) and senior leader C Ponnaiyan. The meeting assumes significance ahead of Saturday's floor test. The Panneerselvam camp has 10 MLAs on its side, including the former Chief Minister.
DMK's Working President MK Stalin, meanwhile, took a dig at the split within the AIADMK and advised newly-sworn-in Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami against smiling at him in the Assembly. The strange advice comes days after VK Sasikala said O Panneerselvam had smiled at Stalin in the Assembly and demanded that he step down for "siding" with the DMK.
Edappadi Palaniswami, meanwhile, was scheduled to visit VK Sasikala in a Bengaluru jail a day after taking oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.