Police Officials, Sasikala Meet AIADMK MLAs In Resort

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Chennai: Amid desertions by some key leaders, AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala on Saturday held discussions with party MLAs supporting her at a resort. Also a team of officials came here conducted sets of inquiries on the High Court order.

In the hour-long meeting, she held discussions on the “next course of action”, party-backed Jaya Plus TV Channel said.

Sasikala’s meeting with the MLAs came hours after she shot off a letter to Governor Vidyasagar Rao seeking appointment by  to meet him along with the legislators supporting her for government formation. Sasikala’s meeting with her supporting MLAs came even as two Lok Sabha MPs and the AIADMK spokesperson left her camp to join Panneerselvam’s side.

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A team of police and revenue officials conducted inquiries with more than 120 AIADMK legislators staying in Golden Bay Beach resort near Mahabalipuram on Saturday.

The 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 inquiries that began at 6.30am concluded at 11.30am. Tamilselvan later told reporters that they conducted independent inquiries with all MLAs following the high court direction.

The Kalasapakkam MLA said they 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.

Last week, she had been elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader, the first step towards becoming the Chief Minister, but was halted in her path by incumbent O Panneerselvam who raised a banner of revolt alleging he was forced to step down for her.

Sasikala had met the Governor on Thursday and staked claim to form government, but Rao, who also heard Panneerselvam, is yet to take a call.