New Delhi :
After a spark of revolt erupted in the political arena of Tamil Nadu, AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala in a press conference has said that she had got wind of O. Panneerselvam’s moves a few days ago itself.
She has asserted that the party remains united and will not be cowed down by such threats. She also said that “betrayal” will never win in the AIADMK and blamed arch rival DMK for trying to destabilise her party.
Here are key highlights from the series of events took place on Wednesday:
# Paneerselvam writes to bank, says he is the Treasurer of AIADMK, asks not to allow any transactions in party account without his consent.
# AIADMK leader M Thambidurai, who has been in forefront of pro-Sasikala chorus, along with 9 MPs left for Delhi.
# The party by-law has no provision for such an interim appointment of anybody as Gen Secy: KC Palanisamy, AIADMK
# People have taken money to vote and that’s what you get: Kamal Haasan
# There can only be President’s rule in states not at the Centre: GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP
# The perception is that the Tamil Nadu Governor is acting on the behest of his master: Tehseen Poonawalla
# I think this is unwarranted criticism of the Governor C Vidya Sagar Rao: GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP
# Governor of TN happens to be holding additional charge of Maharashtra. Therefore he is not cooling his heels: Nalin Kohli, BJP
# Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao is responsible for the crisis in Tamil Nadu: Subramanian Swamy, senior BJP leader
# TamilNadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to arrive in Chennai tomorrow afternoon.
# Election commission questions Sasikala's elevation as AIADMK General Secratary, asks to furnish more details.
# AIADMK spokesperson claims 131 MLAs attended today's meeting chaired by party General Secretary VK Sasikala
# There is no such thing as called as in-charge CM or caretaker CM. Panneerselvam is the CM of TN as on date: V Maitreyan
# AIADMK MLAs are taken to 5 different hotels in Jaipur, Delhi & other cities: sources
# What is important is the head counting inside the Assembly when the vote of confidence is taking place: V Maitreyan
# There is a groundswell of support for O. Panneerselvam, our Chief Minister: V. Maitreyan, Rajya Sabha MP
# President is considering the request of Thambidurai for a meeting, will consult top constitutional authorities: sources
# 130 AIADMK MLAs being taken to an undisclosed location until the time Governor returns, if President agrees, AIADMK MLAs will be flown to Delhi.
# Senior AIADMK Leader Thambidurai seeks an appointment with the President
# VVR Raj Sathyan appointed AIADMK’s new I-T wing Secretary
# Sasikala all set to parade MLAs before President if Governor refuses to invite her to form new govt in Tamil Nadu
# Action should be taken against those who threatened former TN CM OPS to resign, says DMK leader Stalin
# DMK never supported Panneerselvam, extended support to only certain issues of govt, says DMK leader Stalin
# Governor Vidyasagar Rao bides time in Mumbai as he takes legal advice on recent political events in Tamil Nadu
Earlier in the day, O, Paneerselvam addressed the media where he said that he would recommend an inquiry commission under a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the “doubts” surrounding the health condition and demise of the late leader.
In his first public comments on Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation, Panneerselvam said he could not meet her even once during her 75 days of hospitalisation.
He also said that no political leader could meet her in the Apollo Hospitals where she died on December 5.
On whether Jayalalithaa wanted to meet him since he was a loyalist or he took any effort to visit her, the senior AIADMK leader said he tried several times. “But thought may be I was unfortunate and a sinner not to have seen her in the hospital.”
To a question on recent resignation of some key state officials in the Chief Minister’s office, he said there was no compulsion from him and it was a decision taken by them on their own.
Highlights from AIADMK crisis in last 24 hours:
Know more about VK Sasikala: Sasikala's political journey from being Jayalalithaa's confidante to Tamil Nadu's political stalwart
Know more about O. Paneerselvam's political journey: AIADMK's O Paneerselvam's journey from tea seller to Tamil Nadu CM