Take a head count of my MLAs, Sasikala tells media

On being asked how many MLAs were present at the resort, Sasikala asked media persons to take a head count if need be.

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Chennai, Feb 12: Post a meeting with MLAs at a resort near Chennai, Sasikala Natarajan rubbished allegations of her MLAs being locked up.

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"None of our MLAs have been locked up and you can see for yourself. They are together like a family and you should understand that rumours of MLAs being locked up are untrue. They are being threatened and are in constant touch with their family," she said.

On being asked how many MLAs were present at the resort, Sasikala asked media persons to take a head count if need be.

"Wait and watch on the action that will be taken," she said when asked of what her camp intends to do next. "Rumours are being spread and we know who is behind this. It's a conspiracy to break the party and my MLAs are aware of it," she said.

Sasikala had placed a picture of Jayalalithaa evidently on the table from where she addresses the press. Her address to the media came after a scuffle between her supporters and journalists outside the resort. Owning to protests by media personnel, phones that were snatched were returned by the party cadre.

Sasikala alleged that her MLAs were being threatened. "Some are receiving calls threatening to abduct their daughters. MLAs have been in touch with their relative to ensure that the families are safe. That shows their dedication towards the party and they remain united like a family," she alleged. Sasikala claimed that rival party as well as those that deserted her have been floating rumours.

Speaking to MLAs at the resort, Sasikala Natarajan sought their support. "All I need is your support. I will not fear anyone till the time you are with me. I will not back off from my decisions. I will work for the party and cadres just like Amma did. Amma and I have seen both, Chennai jail as well as the one in Bengaluru. We have walked out of it and have conquered the state. I will not back off," she claimed. She said that just she was a woman she cannot be forced to bow down.

Sasikala claimed that forming the government is now their primary agenda. Sasikala time and again appealed for unity. "We will form the government. Go to her memorial together and pay respect and will place her portrait in the assembly" she said. Taking a direct dig at Panneerselvam, she asked party cadres if they remembered a man named Panneerselvam.

"Panneerselvam is all out to destroy our party despite being a minister for many years. This is as if to poke his eyes with his own hands," she said. The repeated appeal for unity was aimed at stopping more members from switching camps and joining Panneerselvam.

A teary-eyed Sasikala concluded her address to the party cadres asking them to remain like one family- united and strong.

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