"Only 119 MLAs are present at the resort," the police said in an affidavit filed before the Madras high court. The affidavit also said that none of the MLAs complained of being held against their wishes. The report was filed by the Kanchipuram police after they conducted searches on the resort where AIADMK MLAs have been herded.
The affidavit also rubbished claims by state Chief Minister Panneerselvam that MLAs were being held forcefully under the guard of 'goons'. The police claimed that none of the MLAs complained of being forced to stay put at the resort. The report claimed that the police recorded statements of each MLA individually after which it was concluded that they had come there willingly.
Number game gets interesting
The Sasikala camp had claimed that they have the support of 127 MLAs. It was initially reported that close to 130 MLAs were herded at the resort and the number dropped to 127. The police report, however, says that now there are only 119 MLAs at the resort. If it is assumed that the MLAs at the resort are the only ones supporting Sasikala, all it takes is one more MLA to jump to Panneerselvam's camp to threaten Sasikala's chief ministerial aspirations.