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LIVE: Sasikala Breaks Down While Addressing MLAs At Golden Bay Resort

High drama after SC convicts Sasikala.

14/02/2017 10:27 AM IST | Updated 15/02/2017 12:00 AM IST
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11:00 pm: Sasikala arrives at Poes Garden

10:30 pm: ANI posts video of Sasikala's remarks at the Golden Bay resort: "No force can separate me from AIADMK; no matter where I'll be, I'll always think about party."

9:35 pm: Sasikala leaves Golden Bay resort in Chennai

9:30 pm: Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar joins Panneerselvam's camp.

"My political journey begins today," says Deepa - TOI reported.

9:00 pm: "Not held against our wishes"

8:45 pm: "Sasikala and her family control the party funds"

N. Ram, former editor-in-chief of The Hindu, told NDTV, "Sasikala and her family control the party funds. Though Sasikala might be in jail, her influence over the party will continue."

8:30 pm: MLA recalls escaping in T-shirt and Bermuda shorts

S.S. Saravana, a lawmaker who escaped the Golden Bay resort, told NDTV that his disguise was a "T-shirt and Bermuda (shorts)." "I disguised myself, climbed the wall, jumped and escaped," he said.

7:30 pm: O Panneerselvam camp has meet with TN governor

Leaders V Maitreyan and PH Pandian from the OPS camp meet with governor Vijyasagar Rao.

7:00 pm: O Panneerselvam interacts with the public

6:45 pm: Subramanian Swamy says "No party is free of proxy climate."

Speaking to Times Now, Swamy said that the governor should administer the oath to Palanisamy unless Panneerselvam can produce a list of MLAs with signatures. "Governor flouting the Constitution," he said.

6:00 pm: Sasikala's "proxy", Edappadi K Palanisamy, meets Governor C Vidyasagar Rao

Times Now is reporting that Palanisamy has handed over a list of 124 MLAs to the governor, and staked claim to form the government.

5:05 pm: AIADMK leaders stopped from visiting the Golden Bay resort

NDTV is reporting that the police has stopped a convoy of AIADMK supporters from visiting the resort where Sasikala has sequestered 120 legislators.

4:50 pm: Jayalalithaa's Niece Welcomes SC Verdict

Deepa Jayakumar, Amma's niece who has come to the limelight after the death of the former chief minister, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict convicting Sasikala.

4:48 pm: Sasikala Unlikely To Surrender Today

Television reports suggest that AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala is not likely to surrender today. She was convicted by the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning and was asked to surrender immediately.

NDTV quoted sources as saying that her lawyers have said that they have not yet received the copy of the court order. Sources have also said that her lawyers may seek more time for her to surrender.

3:55 pm: Sasikala Camp To Meet Governor At 5:30 pm

Even as MLAs of the O Panneerselvam faction headed back to Chennai after they were stopped on the highway by the police, NDTV reports that MLAs in support of Sasikala will be meeting the Governor at 5:30 pm.

3:00 pm: Sasikala Expells 20 MLAs Loyal To Panneerselvam

While 19 MLAs who were loyal to acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were expelled as primary members of the party, reports suggest that 12 MPs and 8 MLAs who have were backing him have been spared.

The Times Of India quoted Sasikala as saying, "The expelled members have violated party principles and brought disrepute."

2:43 pm: Sasikala Camp To Fight Verdict

AIADMK leader M Thambidurai has said they will file a new review petition:

2:20 pm: Cops Stop Convoy OF OPS Supporters

Supporters of O Panneerselvam who were on their way to the Golden Bay Resort were stopped by the police on the highway, reports NDTV.

The supporters wanted to meet MLAs in the Sasikala faction, asking them to unite for the sake of Amma's legacy.

1:55 pm: AIADMK To File Review Petition

AIADMK will file a review petition in DA case, party's senior MP M Thambidurai told journalists.

1:30 pm: Is OPS And His Faction On His Way To Golden Bay Resort?

Here's the latest: Panneerselvam is reportedly on his way to the Golden Bay Resort near Chennai to speak to the Sasikala team to unite.

1:15 pm: Edappadi K.Palanisamy To Meet Governor

1:12 pm: MLAs Come Out Of Resort, OPS Heads To Secretariat

In the latest, now reports suggest that MLAs at the Golden Bay Resort have stepped out after a several hour long meeting with Sasikala.

In the meantime, Panneerselvam is headed to the Tamil Nadu Secretariat in Chennai.

12:44 pm: Edappadi Palanisamy Elected New Legislative Party Leader

Reports also suggest that O Panneerselvam has also been removed as the primary member of AIADMK

12:41 pm: Let's Unite For Welfare Of Party, OPS Appeals To MLAs

Acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has now appealed to the MLAs to bury the hatchet and take the right decision. He also promised good governance. The New Indian Express tweeted:

OPS also said that Amma's schemes were on track and he requested the MLAs to unite for Amma.

12:36 pm: It Is A Fatty Judgement, Says Justice Pinaki Bose

Setting aside the Karnataka high court judgement, the Supreme Court upheld the entire judgement of the trial court.

Justice Pinaki Bose was quoted by NDTV as saying, "It is a fatty judgement, we will read out the conclusion."

12:24 pm: Sasikala Camp To Stake Claim For Government

The Sasikala camp is likely to stake claim for forming government after electing a new Legislative Party leader.

12:20 pm: Will One Of The MLAs In Sasikala Camp Be Elected As Legislative Party Leader?

The police have gone inside the Golden Bay Resort, but the arrest has still not happened because of the meeting Sasikala is holding with her MLAs.

The New Indian Express reports that Health Min C Vijaya Baskar as claiming that 125 MLAs are with Sasikala and that one of them would be elected as legislature party leader.

Meanwhile, celebrations are in full swing outside OPS's residence:

11:48 am: Four State Transport Buses Inside Golden Bay Resort

11:40 am: Two MLAs Switch Sides After SC Verdict

It seems to be only good news for the OPS camp since morning. After the verdict that convicted Sasikala and stopped her from coming to power, two MLAs, from Maylapore and Mettupalayam, seem to have switched sides according to Times Now.

NDTV reports that 11 MLAs are in conversation with the OPS camp.

11:35 am: DMK's Stalin Hails Supreme Court Verdict

Hailing the Supreme Court verdict, DMK's Stalin has said, "Verdict shows MLAs should not indulge in corruption in public life."

"Governor should take immediate steps to form a stable government in TN as per constitution," he said.

11:30 am: OPS Supporters Celebrate

As Sasikala waits for her imminent arrest, it is celebrations outside the home of acting Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam.

His supporters were seen dancing, bursting crackers and distributing sweets:

11:24 am: Sasikala Addressing MLAs Inside Resort

AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala, in moments before her arrest, has gone into a huddle with her MLAs to most probably plan the way forward.

Will she nominate someone else from her factions to fight against OPS?

The Hindu's Udhav Naig reports:

11:20 am: 'Dharma' Will Win, Says Sasikala

The AIADMK Twitter handle quoted Sasikala as saying that 'dharma' will win and that she would take on the crisis like Amma (Jayalalithaa had done in the past).

ANI translated the tweet:

And this is what AIADMK had tweeted:

11:09 am: Massive Security Outside Golden Bay Resort

A massive security cover is seen outside Golden Bay Resort near Chennai where the police have gone in to arrest Sasikala. The resort is located near Chennai.

While Sasikala had earlier requested her followers to remain calm, the police have taken precautions against any emergency.

Also, the media trying to cover every second of this tense situation:

10:55 am: Police Entering Resort To Arrest Sasikala

10:53 am: When Will Cops Arrest Sasikala?

10:40 am: Sasikala Convicted In DA Case

The Supreme Court has convicted Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case, which means that she will not be able to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

NDTV reports that she has been asked to surrender immediately. She has been sent to four years in prison and she cannot contest elections for the next 10 years.

As pointed out by HuffPost India Senior Editor in an explainer, while charges against a deaces Jayalalithaa would abate under the provisions stated under Section 394 of the Criminal Procedure Code, it won't insure Sasikala from facing the law.

10:00 am: Mettur MLA back OPS, Sasikala At Chennai Resort

NDTV is reporting that AIADMK MLA from Mettur, Semmalai, has backed acting Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam.

Meanwhile, Sasikala seems to have reached the resort with the MLAs who are allegedly supporting her.

M. Thambidurai, a senior AIADMK leader, has also reached the resort to meet the party general secretary.

9:50 am: Heavy Security In Poes Garden, Golden Bay Resort

Tuesday morning saw heavy security deployment in Chennai as the Supreme Court is going to pronounce its verdict on Sasikala in the DA case.

NDTV reported that more than 15,000 police personnel have been mobilised to ensure things remains calm.

But will the verdict be the end of the power tussle that Tamil Nadu has seen in the months after the death of Jayalalithaa? We will find out during the course of the day.

9:00 am: Judgement Day For Sasikala

The Supreme Court verdict in the disproportionate assets case will have a direct implication on Sasikala's politcal future as she is embroiled in a battle with Panneerselvam over the chief minister's chair.

Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy, will pass its order appeals, including the one filed by the Karnataka government acquitting the main accused in the case, former Tamil Nadu chief minister the late J Jayalalithaa and three others, including Sasikala.

If Sasikala is convicted, she will be ineligible for contesting Assembly polls.

8.30 am: Panneerselvam Orders Security Off MLAS

It was reported on Monday, that acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who got back to office after a gap of one week, ordered that no security be provided to the MLAs who are at the resort and are likely to support Sasikala.

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