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Chief Minister’s camp is in control of AIADMK – Who is O Panneerselvam?

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Chennai: Who is in control of AIADMK, a party that was nurtured by Jayalalithaa for decades? While Sasikala Natarajan seems to be in physical possession of the 130 MLAs, the government remains under firm control of O Panneerselvam, who is the chief minister of the state by default.

The mere numbers could have ensured swearing in of Sasikala several days ago, but the Governor has ensured that apprehensions and confusion continues surrounding Sasikala’s swearing in as the chief minister of the state.

Meanwhile Panneerselvam seems to be gaining strenght following allegedly tacit support from Central Government and main opposition party DMK.


Political analysts believe that if the confusion continues, the future of AIADMK will be ruined in the state and DMK will become all hte more powerful, without any real opposition in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile a former party parliamentarian on Thursday said that the AIADMK is now under the control of Tamil Nadu caretaker Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

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while talking about the development, K.C. Palaniswamy said that with the coming together of Panneerselvam and party Presidium Chairman E. Madhusudanan, the party was now effectively out of the clutches of interim General Secretary V.K. Sasikala. Earlier, Madhusudanan came to Panneerselvam’s residence and extended support to him.

he further said, “Now the holders of the top two party posts have joined together. The party is under their control,” adding that all party members and legislators would have to obey their directions. He said the party can now issue a party Whip on the manner in which the legislators have to vote or the party could also replace the Whip. Queried about the dismissal of Panneerselvam as party Treasurer by Sasikala, he said: “An interim General Secretary has no power to dismiss anybody.”

According to him the support base of Panneerselvam is growing. Already five legislators have extended their support to Panneerselvam and more are expected to join. Former Electricity Minister Natham Viswanathan, former Speaker P.H. Pandian, his son former MP Manoj Pandian, senior leader K.P. Munusamy and others have extended their support to Panneerselvam. The Panneerselvam camp is hoping for breather from Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao to prove its strength on the floor of the house.

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