'Panneerselvam betrayed Amma, AIADMK and every ideal of party by joining hands with DMK': Sasikala vows to strike back

Alleging that the DMK is behind caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam's Tuesday night rebellion, AIADMK supremo VK Sasikala on Wednesday lashed out at the main opposition party for trying to break the party.

Addressing a press conference after meeting her MLAs at the AIADMK headquarters, Sasikala pointed fingers at the DMK, alleging that Panneerselvam colluded with arch rival MK Stalin to break the party.

Sasikala also said that she would correct all wrongdoings that Panneerselvam had allegedly done by joining hands with the DMK. She also added that his betrayal will be answered in the best possible manner.

Throughout the press conference, Sasikala exprressed her resolve to hit out at her opponents who she alleged have been trying to break the party.

Sasikala also claimed that she was unaware of the party MLAs meeting to elect her as their leader, and said that she was conveyed the message only later.

Reacting to Panneerselvam's allegations that his cabinet colleagues had undermined his authority, Sasikala claimed that when she was informed about this by the chief minister, she made sure that those doing so were reprimanded for it. Sasikala invoked party founder MG Ramachandran and the late chief minister Jayalalithaa while legitimising her claim to lead the party.

The long-time aide of Jayalalithaa promised to carry foward the legacy of "Amma" — as Jayalalithaa was fondly called by her supporters.

"Amma's dream will be our dreams and my future journey will only be to fulfil all her dreams," she affirmed.

While invoking the name of "Amma", Sasikala made it clear that anybody who crosses the path chosen by Jayalalithaa is acting against the interests of the AIADMK.

Reiterating her 33-year-long association with Jayalalithaa, Sasikala said that in these years, she had faced many crises, and expressed confidence of overcoming the ongoing crisis.

Sasikala also claimed that Jayalalithaa had told her that she always feared a pandemonium in the party after her death.

Asking her party cadres to brave the ongoing crisis, Sasikala invokes MG Ramachandran's popular quote, "Fear is foolishness. one must rise above fear. That is your duty."

Events took a dramatic turn on Tuesday after Panneerselvam rebelled against Sasikala and claimed that he was forced to resign as the chief minister.

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2017 16:18:12 IST

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