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129 MLAs should be released, allowed to meet people: OPS

Chennai, Feb 12 (PTI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today said the 129 MLAs, staying in a private resort near here, should be released and they should meet people in their respective constituencies to get a sense of the public mood.

He said the legislators should be released from the resort and allowed to meet the people in their respective constituencies.

Panneerselvam also alleged that by shedding crocodile tears, Sasikala kept the MLAs on her side.

"Let her release that they can go to their respective consitutencies and meet the people and take a good decision," he told reporters here.

Stressing that the Tamil people were well aware of the current political scenario, he said, "Not only in India, people across the globe are monitoring the situation."

Noting that he was working as per his conscience, Panneerselvam said he did not invite any of his Cabinet colleagues when he had gone to meditate at Amma's (Jayalalithaa) memorial last week after which he said he was forced to quit from the Chief Minister's post.

Asserting that he was always a staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa, Panneerselvam said, "In the last 20 years not even once has Amma criticised me."

On whether the administration had come to a standstill due to the ongoing crisis, he said it was not true as he has been meeting government officials everyday.

"Every day I am in touch with the officials. Day before yesterday, the Chief Secretary and DGP met me and we discussed several issues. Tomorrow, I'm going to the Secretariat," he said.

He said Deepak and Deepa, the niece of late leader J Jayalalithaa, were the only blood relations of Jayalalithaa.

"When Amma's mortal remains were in the hospital on the night of December 5, she was not allowed to pay her respects even at that time," he alleged.

To a query on the assets of Jayalalithaa, he recalled it was her wish that all her assets go to the party.

On a query as to how confident he was about forming the government, he said, "When the Assembly convenes, I will prove my majority there."

On the press conference addressed by AIADMK chief Sasikala, he asked why she did not meet the press when Jayalalithaa was hospitalised and why was she speaking to reporters now.

Meanwhile, another AIADMK MP extended his support to Panneerselvam, taking the total number of Parliamentarians in his favour to 11.

AIADMK MP R Parthiban representing Theni district called on O Panneerselvam at his residence in Greenways Road, Chennai later this evening and offered his support to him.

Comment on this article

  • Anand, Karkala

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Sasikala should be thrown out of Jayalalitha's residence.

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  • Michael Noronha, mysore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    The Governor should intervene and direct the Ministers to report to work. Enjoying the tax payers money through privileges and sitting in Resorts enjoying life is not acceptable.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Is Sasikala so notorious can confine 129 MLA's in a resort to dance to her tune?
    When election took place she was not even General Secretary of the party!
    How come she got so much of clout?

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    House arresting MLA's is not the way to garnish the majority support.The support should be on free will without this type of imposing any pressure

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    It is very difficult for a maid like Sasikala to be in politics.

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