Chennai: Representatives from Panneerselvam camp are likely to visit the resort where party MLAs loyal to V K Sasikala are put up, in an apparent bid to garner support for the chief minister.
Sources in the Panneerselvam camp said the delegation of MLAs and senior leaders could include School Education Minister K Pandiarajan and that they were planning to meet their colleagues put up at the resort in Koovathur, about 80 kms from here.
Security has already been tightened at the resort with more police personnel being deployed.
The efforts by Panneerselvam’s aides to garner support for the Chief Minister comes in the midst of his being sacked from the AIADMK’s primary membership by Sasikala.
Loyalist and Highways Minister Edappady K Palaniswami has been chosen as the Legislature Party leader at a meeting chaired by Sasikala.
There are 10 MLAs in the Panneerselvam camp, including himself. He also enjoys the support of 12 MPs, including from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
One of the MLAs, who joined the Chief Minister’s camp last evening, SS Saravanan from Madurai (South), had claimed even legislators not with him would vote for Panneerselvam in the event of a floor test.
Sasikala was earlier today convicted by the apex court which set aside the Karnataka High Court verdict acquitting her in the 19-year-old disproportionate assets case that also involved the late Jayalalithaa.
The apex court restored in toto the judgement and the findings of the trial court in Bengaluru which had held guilty all the accused including Sasikala’s two relatives, V N Sudhakaran and Elavarasi.
The verdict disqualifies Sasikala from becoming a legislator, and consequentially she can’t be chief minister either.