Sasikala convicted in DA case: Despite expulsion from AIADMK, support for O Panneerselvam grows

Celebrations broke out in the O Panneerselvam camp after the Supreme Court convicted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case, sentencing her to four-year jail-term. The verdict also bars her from contesting polls for nearly 10 years.

While the SC verdict dealt a severe blow to Sasikala's dream of becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Pannneerselvam thanked his supporters after the verdict and said that unfinished task left by Amma must be fulfilled and he urged the AIADMK MLAs and ministers to resume their work.

The verdict came even as Panneerselvam won more support from party MPs and MLAs. Veteran AIADMK legislator Semmalai on Tuesday extended support to Panneerselvam, giving boost to the caretaker chief minister camp.

Semmalai, the MLA from Mettur and a former minister, arrived at Panneerselvam's Greenways Road residence and extended his support to Panneerselvam, sources in his camp said. With the arrival of Semmalai, the number of MLAs in the Panneerselvam camp rose to nine.

Three-time MLA from Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district, OK Chinnaraja, also extended support to Panneerselvam.

"OK Chinnaraj, MLA from Mettuppalayam (three-time MLA) declares support to #OPS Annan (brother)! Trickle turns into torrent," tweeted school education minister K Pandiarajan, a supporter of Panneerselvam.

Meanwhile, Edapadi K Palanisamy was elected as legislature party leader and expelled Panneerselvam from AIADMK's primary membership.

(With inputs from PTI)

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2017 14:48:39 IST