K.C. Palaniswamy said that with the coming together of Panneerselvam and party Presidium Chairman E. Madhusudanan, the party was now effectively out of the clutches of interim General Secretary V.K. Sasikala. Earlier, Madhusudanan came to Panneerselvam's residence and extended support to him.
"Now the holders of the top two party posts have joined together. The party is under their control," Palaniswamy told IANS, adding that all party members and legislators would have to obey their directions. He said the party can now issue a party Whip on the manner in which the legislators have to vote or the party could also replace the Whip.
Queried about the dismissal of Panneerselvam as party Treasurer by Sasikala, he said: "An interim General Secretary has no power to dismiss anybody." According to him the support base of Panneerselvam is growing.
Already five legislators have extended their support to Panneerselvam and more are expected to join. Former Electricity Minister Natham Viswanathan, former Speaker P.H. Pandian, his son former MP Manoj Pandian, senior leader K.P. Munusamy and others have extended their support to Panneerselvam.
The Panneerselvam camp is hoping for breather from Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao to prove its strength on the floor of the house. "If there is time, then the party can now declare elections for the post of General Secretary and a person could be elected unopposed," an AIADMK leader told IANS preferring anonymity.