In the latest update from Tamil Nadu's political drama, reports suggest that Tamil Nadu caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met the DGP T K Rajendran and chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan of Tamil Nadu on suspicion that the sections of the police are in favour of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala.
A source in his protocol team told The Indian Express, "He finds himself in a hostile situation despite being the CM. He even suspects that the some officers are trying to leak out information from his camp and they favoured Sasikala camp in allowing 'custody' of MLAs."
The newspaper reports that Panneerselvam also expressed his suspicion that without help and security of the police Sasikala wouldn't have been able to move the MLAs to the resort.
He alleged that Chennai City Commissioner S George was on Sasikala's side as well .
This comes after Sasikala staked claim to form government on Thursday night during a meeting with Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao,
Sasikala contended that most of the party MLAs have endorsed her candidature for chief ministership. She submitted a letter to Rao, and individual letters from the MLAs endorsing her claim.
Like Panneerselvam, who had meditated at Jayalalithaa's grave the day before, Sasikala too went to her grave, laid a wreath and also the letter containing the names of the MLAs.
Meanwhile, Panneerselvam said that he hoped that "good things will happen."
According to PTI, Governor Rao is likely to obtain further legal opinion before taking a decision.
AIADMK claimed that 131 MLAs had attended a meeting called by Sasikala after Panneerselvam decided to revolt. Before that he had submitted his resignation, but then claimed that he was forced to resign.
While Panneerselvam seems to have public support, Sasikala seems to have backing of her MLAs.
(with inputs from PTI)Suggest a correction