Chennai: Amid continued uncertainty over her swearing-in and struggling to keep her flock together, Sasikala met AIADMK MLAs housed at a resort on Chennai’s outskirts for the second successive day.
The AIADMK supremo indicated that she had the support of 129 legislators as she invoked the legacy of her predecessor to drive home the point of staying united and ensure more electoral victories in the future.
In her address to the MLAs staying put at a nearby resort, she said the legislators supporting her were like an ocean.
‘You 129 MLAs are like an ocean. No one can contain it by building a check dam. No efforts will destabilise this government. No one can hurt us and there is no need to fear,’ she said.
‘Always a lion will replace a lion. Amma has taught us a lot.’
Sasikala also displayed a copy of a ‘fake letter’ allegedly sent by her to governor C Vidyasagar Rao threatening to commit suicide if she was not allowed to form the government.
‘A fake letter in my name is doing the rounds in social media and a friend brought it to my notice. You (media) should also see it. It is very difficult for a woman to be in politics. Have seen that during Purathchi Thalaivi’s (revolutionary leader, a term fondly used by Jayalalithaa’s supporters to address her) times also, but she overcame it,’ Sasikala said.
The AIADMK general secretary said she had seen such a flutter earlier happen in AIADMK, following the death of its founder the late M G Ramachandran, but Jayalalithaa steered the party tactfully and even ensured it won a successive term in last year’s polls.
‘Since then, there have been efforts to split the party. Those who made such efforts then are doing it today also,’ she said, in an apparent reference to her nemesis O Panneerselvam, who was then a member of the faction led by Janaki, Ramachandran widow. AIADMK was then divided into Janaki and Jayalalithaa factions.
Sasikala claimed she had the support of the party MLAs.
‘The MLAs are with me. Today also, I am going to meet them,’ she said on Sunday.
‘As general secretary, I can tell you that the AIADMK government will certainly continue for the next four-and-a- half years and serve people,’ she said.
Meanwhile, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, who has been batting for Sasikala to be sworn in as chief minister, injected a new twist to the lingering political drama being played out in the state, saying governor Rao had to make a decision by today or a case can be filed charging abetment of horse trading.