The tide seems to be already turning against AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan as Tamil Nadu education minister K Pandiarajan on Saturday confirmed his support to the O Panneerselvam faction in the AIADMK.
With this Pandiarajan has become the first minister of the state to join the Panneerselvam faction.
Interestingly, Pandiarajan had assisted Sasikala when she met Tamil Nadu governor Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday.
Pandiarajan, answering questions on the rebellion of Panneerselvam on Thursday, had said it was wrong to say that the "outgoing" Chief Minister was forced to resign from his post.
"There was no pressure. There is no truth in it. Talking of coercion is laughable," he said. He had added, "Panneerselvam was all along with us when all the decisions were taken. No decision was taken by overruling him. Now, if he wants to take a different stand, it is his choice."
He had also said that it was Panneerselvam who had proposed Sasikala's name for the post of party general secretary.
"To claim now that her appointment was not as per law is unadulterated opportunism... it is the height of hypocrisy," he said, adding all the general council members, including Panneerselvam, unanimously chose her.
By arrangement with News Today and inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Feb 11, 2017 13:40 PM