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How this AIADMK MLA slipped away from Sasikala’s camp and joined Panneerselvam

According to sources, Shanmuganathan told those in charge of getting MLAs to board the bus to a luxury resort that he was feeling giddy and wanted to take medicines. He later surfaced at the residence of Pannerselvam – known popularly as OPS -- at Greams Road.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2017 12:39 IST
KV Lakshmana
Image of SP Shamuganathan, the AIADMK legislator from Sivaikuntam near Tuticorin who switched from Sasikala camp to Pannerselvam
Image of SP Shamuganathan, the AIADMK legislator from Sivaikuntam near Tuticorin who switched from Sasikala camp to Pannerselvam(www.tamilnadumlas.com)

Tamil Nadu’s political crisis resembles a Bollywood potboiler more every day. And, the latest episode in the saga has been scripted by SP Shamuganathan, the AIADMK legislator from Sivaikuntam near Tuticorin.

On Wednesday afternoon, Shamuganathan attended a party MLAs meet to show support to AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala -- who paraded 130-plus lawmakers in a show of strength to counter a rebellion by caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam.

But later in the evening, Shamuganathan had a change of heart and slipped away to Panneerselvam’s camp.

According to sources, Shanmuganathan told those in charge of getting MLAs to board the bus to a luxury resort that he was feeling giddy and wanted to take medicines. A diabetic, this former minister did go out for some time and returned.

But when the time to board the bus came, the party managers found he had slipped away again. The MLA later surfaced at the residence of Panneerselvam – known popularly as OPS -- at Greams Road.

Despite his paltry numbers, the caretaker chief minister is confident that, given a chance, he would pass the floor test. According to sources, the chief minister is planning to meet governor at the airport when Vidyasagar Rao arrives in Chennai in the afternoon. The governor is said to have given an appointment at 5pm to Sasikala.

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