Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Politics
2-min read

131 MLAs Attended Sasikala-chaired Meeting: AIADMK's Saraswathi

The AIADMK on Wednesday claimed that 131 out of its 134 MLAs attended the meeting chaired by party chief VK Sasikala to discuss the fallout of the revolt by caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:February 8, 2017, 8:17 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
131 MLAs Attended Sasikala-chaired Meeting: AIADMK's Saraswathi
A file image of AIADMK general secretary Sasikala
Loading...

Chennai: The AIADMK on Wednesday claimed that 131 out of its 134 MLAs attended the meeting chaired by party chief VK Sasikala to discuss the fallout of the revolt by caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

Party spokesperson CR Saraswathi said "true AIADMK supporters" will not desert the party as they are "Amma's loyalists" and asserted that Sasikala will take over as Chief Minister.

"As far as we are concerned, about 131 MLAs have come here (party headquarters). We are Amma (Jayalalithaa) loyalists. How can we leave? Chinnamma (Sasikala) will come as Chief Minister," she said.

ALSO READ: Why is Governor Refusing to Meet Me? Hope He Upholds Constitution: Sasikala

She was responding to reporters' queries on Panneerselvam stating he would prove his majority in the Assembly.

"How could those marching towards Panneerselvam camp be construed as genuine AIADMK members as one could even obtain membership online," she said.

Tracing the history of AIADMK, post the death of its founder MG Ramachandran, Saraswathi said some even joined the faction led by his widow Janaki but it was Jayalalithaa who united the party and led it to its glory.

"We all want to take forward the task carried out by Amma. Those who treat Amma as God, the leader (party chief) as God and those who equate the party to their life — none of them have deserted the party," she said.

ALSO READ: Panneerselvam Hacks into AIADMK IT Cell, Leaves With the Entire Team

"True supporters will remain steadfast at Poes Garden. Nobody can split or destroy our party. This is a supporters' movement," she said.

Saraswathi also said it was desirable to have a woman replace Jayalaithaa as Chief Minister as the late leader had delivered a lot of welfare measures for them.

Castigating Panneerselvam for his alleged DMK links, she said MGR had founded AIADMK against that very party.

"DMK and AIADMK are poles apart. Durai Murugan (DMK leader) was supporting Panneerselvam (in the Assembly)," she said.

Backing Sasikala for the state's top executive post, Saraswathi said "give time for any person to prove her capability".

ALSO READ: In This Chennai Potboiler, Focus is On Chinnamma's 'Conflict of Interest'

"She had been with Amma for 33 years, she knows how to run the party and government," she added.

On Panneerselvam's contention that he was unable to meet Jayalalithaa during her 75-day hospitalisation, she said it has been reported in the media quoting him as saying that she was improving.

"What was he doing all these days and speak out only now," she asked.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results