Chennai: Sasikala vs OPS war is not going to end anytime soon. People claim that O Panneerselvam is doing someone else’s bidding as he neither has the support of his own MLAs or top bureaucrats in the state. political observers in the state believe that the acting chief minister is being propped by opposition DMK and Central government, besides some influential people in the state.
Claim and counter claims are flying thick and fast in Chennai. Rumors are being spread with malicious intent and to put pressure on VK Sasikala who was indispensible for the former chief minister Jayalalithaa.
An accusation of forcible confinement of MLAs supporting Sasikala has turned out to be without any basis. Latest reports suggest that top police officials from the state, besides revenue officials visited the resort on the outskirts of Chennai, where the MLAs have been kept. They all said that they were there out of their own will.
Latest reports suggest that a team led by Mahaballipuram deputy superintendents of police Edward, Kancheepuram additional deputy superintendents of police Tamilselvan, Cheyyar tahsildar Ramachandran and Chengalpet police split into four groups and conducted independent inquiries with each and every MLA staying in the resort since Wednesday night.
The enquiries had become essential as the DMK and Panneerselvam supporters had been spreading rumors. Tamilselvan told the media that they conducted independent inquiries with all MLAs following the high court direction. He said the MLAs were questioned whether they were confined in the resort and tortured or they voluntarily came here to stay together. He said the police and revenue teams obtained written statement from them. Tamilselvan said the teams would submit the individual written statements of all 129 MLAs staying in the resort to the court on Monday.
Instead, MLAs came forward and told the media that they were there for the love of Jayalalithaa and their support for Sasikala. Two MLAs – Kalasapakkam V Panneerselvam and Cheyyar K Mohan had a long chat with the media persons. The Kalasapakkam MLA said the legislators were not threatened or forced to stay in the resort. “We came voluntarily to stay together,” he said. When questioned why they preferred not to stay in MLA Hostel, he said they faced threat from chief minister O Panneerselvam’s camp. “We preferred to stay in the resort here for our safety. We face murder threats,” he said.
He went on to say further that Panneerselvam was not a leader. “OPS is a betrayer and even his son was stripped off party posts…We have not been kidnapped. It is Panneerselvam has been kidnapped by the DMK. Chinnamma will form the government as soon as the Governor invites her”.
When the journalists asked the MLA about some party leaders switching sides, he said Sundaram is a loyalist of Natham Viswanathan, who was stripped of party posts last year, and Ashok Kumar is a close aide of former Aravakurichi DMK MLA K C Palanisamy.