All eyes are on Tamilnadu Raj Bhavan now

With the battle lines clearly drawn between the rival camps of the ruling AIADMK following the revolt by Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, the Sasikala camp, which claimed the support of the majority of MLAs, late on Wednesday herded its legislators, numbering over 125, to a luxury resort near Marakkanam, 120 km from Chennai. Over a dozen party MPs owing loyalty to Ms. Sasikala flew to New Delhi ostensibly to meet the President or Prime Minister should the need arise.

Not giving up despite the odds being stacked against him in terms of support from elected representatives, Mr. Panneerselvam, declared that he would prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly. Though popular sentiment appeared to be in his favour, as on Wednesday he found the backing of only five legislators, a Rajya Sabha MP and some former ministers and functionaries.

Separately, Mr. Panneerselvam announced that he would institute a judicial inquiry headed by a sitting judge of the Madras High Court to probe the treatment administered to former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. After a meeting of the AIADMK legislators at the party office, the Sasikala camp initially herded its MLAs on three air-conditioned luxury buses to the house of Public Works Department Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Greenways Road.

In the evening, the legislators were taken to the Chennai airport to be flown to New Delhi. However, shortly before they could board their flights, they were asked to return after it became known that Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao would be returning to Chennai from Mumbai on Thursday evening. Ms. Sasikala insisted that she was cent per cent confident of being sworn in the next Chief Minister.
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While the Sasikala camp claimed that 130 of the 135 AIADMK legislators had attended the meeting chaired by her, Mr. Panneerselvam who initially had the support of just two MLAs, later received the backing of three other legislators.

Courtesy : http://www.thehindu.com/

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