Sasikala Wrote To Governor, Allow Her To Prove Majority,

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Chennai: In between the high drama by both Sasikala and O Panneerselvam group, Today  Sasikala has written to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao,” adding, “I believe Your Excellency will act immediately to save the sovereignty of the Constitution, democracy and the interest of the State.” Addressing party workers and leaders at her Poes Garden residence today, Sasikala,  said, “We can be patient only to an extent. Beyond that, we will do what we need to do.” Drawing parallels to former Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalthaa’s struggle before she took over the party, the 61-year-old, who was Ms Jayalalithaa’s closest companion for years, said, “We will fight in the same manner and win… I am ready for anything as long as all of you are with me. “Will surely listen to the collective voice of my voters & decide in a way to uphold the dignity of Amma’s memory & unity of AIADMK !,” Mr Pandiarajan had tweeted earlier today, before announcing that he was jumping camp to “save the party.  Sasikala had staked claim to form government with the support of 129 of the AIADMK’s 134 legislators. She is likely to meet the lawmakers today at a resort near Chennai where the leaders, Mr Panneerselvam has alleged, are being held “captive” to keep them from being poached. Party sources say 128 legislators, including 27 ministers, are present at the resort. On Mr Panneerselvam’s side, so far, are five legislators and the one minister who joined him today. Also in Team Panneerselvam are three parliamentarians; two extended their support today. AIADMK’s number 2 E Madhusudhanan, who also pledged his support to Mr Panneerselvam, was expelled by Ms Sasikala yesterday. Mr Pandiarajan is the first minister to join Mr Panneerselvam, who had resigned as chief minister at a party meeting last Sunday to facilitate Ms Sasikala’s takeover. Two days later, he rebelled, and has alleged that he was forced to resign. Mr Panneerselvam has also alleged that party MLAs were forced to sign blank sheets which have been misused by Ms Sasikala to show that she has majority support. Mr Panneerselvam, who met the Governor on the same day that Ms Sasikala staked claim, has reportedly sought five days from the Governor to gather support of party lawmakers and stake claim to be chief minister again. He is holding interim charge after his resignation was accepted. Two days after he met both leaders, Governor Rao is yet to indicate what his next step will be. His office denied reports last night that he has sent his assessment of the political crisis to the Centre. Sources said the Governor is inclined to wait till the Supreme Court gives verdict in a corruption case against  Sasikala, before inviting her to form government as the leader with the majority support. The verdict is expected next week. If found guilty,  Sasikala will not be able to hold public office or contest elections. The Tamil Nadu assembly has 235 members and to be chief minister, a leader has to prove the support of 118 lawmakers.