Setback For Sasikala, Top AIADMK Leader E Madhusudanan Joins Panneerselvam Camp
AIADMK presidium chairman and top leader E Madhusudanan jumped ship to back caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam, and appealed to workers to retrieve the party from dictators and rowdies in a reference to general secretary VK Sasikala. Madhusudanan is the second top party leader after Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan to back Panneerselvam. The chief minister, who is locked in a bitter feud with Sasikala for control of the party and the government, is hoping to garner enough support from the MLAs ahead of a keenly awaited floor test in the Assembly. Earlier in the day, Panneerselvam said that Madhusudanan was threatened and pressured, adding that if Sasikala succeeds in acquiring the chair of the chief minister, it will be a ‘big blot on democracy. He further indicated that his faction is the real AIADMK and alleged that Sasikala has betrayed Jaya and the party.