Sasi Camp Sure Palani Will Win Floor Test To­day

Palaniswami claims sup­port of 124 MLAs while the ri­val O Pan­neer­sel­vam fac­tion claims sup­port of 11 MLAs

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Chen­nai: Im­pris­oned AIADMK gen­eral sec­re­tary VK Sasikala’s sup­port­ers are con­fi­dent that the floor test to be held when the assem­bly con­venes on Satur­day will be a breeze for the newly in­ducted Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami, who has been asked by the gov­er­nor to seek the con­fi­dence of the House.

Palaniswami claims the sup­port of 124 MLAs (cross­ing the half-way mark of 117 seats) while the ri­val O Pan­neer­sel­vam fac­tion claimed the sup­port of 11 MLAs as on Fri­day evening. But sup­port­ers of Pan­neer­sel­vam in­sisted that the real floor test will hap­pen when the MLAs who vote for Palaniswami re­turn to their assem­bly con­stituency and meet their peo­ple. Mem­bers of the Pan­neer­sel­vam camp met the assem­bly speaker P Dhana­pal on Fri­day morn­ing seek­ing among other things that the floor test be done through a se­cret bal­lot in the assem­bly. This they be­lieved would al­low MLAs to vote “con­sci­en­tiously, with­out in­hi­bi­tion or fear”, ac­cord­ing to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Pan­neer­sel­vam camp.

Alit­tle while later, Pan­neer­sel­vam re­leased a state­ment ap­peal­ing to the state po­lice de­part­ment to act in an un­bi­ased man­ner as they did un­der for­mer chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa.

He said in his state­ment, “Peo­ple across the state who op­posed the rule of one fam­ily in Tamil Nadu were in a peace­ful man­ner ex­press­ing their dis­plea­sure in the present gov­ern­ment and against their MLAs.” Pan­neer­sel­vam also said that he was in­formed that the po­lice had ar­rested mem­bers of the pub­lic who were protest­ing against their MLAs for tak­ing sides with the Sasikala camp. “I ap­peal to the po­lice to re­lease these in­no­cent peo­ple im­me­di­ately,” he said. The MLAs sup­port­ing Sasikala, mean­while, con­tin­ued to camp in the re­sort.


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