‘Will Launch Different Kind Of Protest Tomorrow’: Sasikala Over Delay In Swearing

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Chennai: Disappointed with the delay in her swearing-in ceremony as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, Sasikala said her party will launch a ‘different’ kind of protest from Sunday.

“We were patient until now, tomorrow we will protest,” Sasikala told the media after her meeting with the MLAs. “The created time lag looks like it was intended to create a split in the party,” AIADMK tweeted quoting Sasikala. The party general secretary also expressed she was happy after meeting her MLAs and added that all the legislators are with her.

“We were waiting patiently till this moment for a reply from the honourable Governor,” AIADMK quoted Sasikala as saying on its official Twitter handle. “Needed measures will be taken,” she further said. Sasikala also said her party would begin a new kind of protest from Sunday onward, adding that delaying tactics was an attempt to create divisions within the party.

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 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.

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.