Former Tamil Nadu minister E Madhusudanan has thrown in his lot with O Panneerselvam. He is the AIADMK Presidium Chairman and was a minister in the Jayalalithaa Cabinet from 1991 to 1996. Madhusudanan said OPS is the real leader.
VK Sasikala is waiting to take over as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and will meet Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at 5 pm today, after he lands in Chennai from Mumbai. O Panneerselvam is expected to meet the Governor as well.
Though Sasikala has complete support within the party, Panneerselvam says that many legislators are privately in touch with him and will support him if he is allowed to take a trust vote.
Yesterday, Sasikala herded all but three of her MLAs to a resort to keep them out of bounds from the DMK or for fear that they may switch allegience to OPS. Reports say they have not been allowed access to their phones.
In fact, a missing person complaint has been filed by a MLA’s husband who says he hasn’t been able to reach her! Another rumour that has surfaced is that an MLA sequestered at the Golden Sands resort escaped through the bathroom window.