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OPS camp draws more blood; Minister, 2 MPs join

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today drew more blood from the Sasikala camp in the battle for power with a minister, two Lok Sabha MPs and the AIADMK spokesperson joining him while she issued a veiled warning that patience was “wearing thin” on not being sworn in.

With leaders coming under pressure from party cadres and apparent public sentiment against V K Sasikala, School Education Minister K Pandiarajan, P R Sundaram and K Ashok Kumar, both MPs, switched over to the chief minister’s camp in the morning pledging their support.

In the evening, party veteran, spokesman and minister in the MGR Cabinet C Ponnaiyan drove to the chief minister’s residence and offered his support. A former minister M M Rajendra Prasad also joined the chief minister’s camp.

“The leadership of the party and Government should be in good hands and that is Panneerselvam who was trusted thrice by Jayalalithaa to be chief minister. All of us should work towards this goal,” he told the cadres with Panneerselvam by his side at the chief minister’s residence where they received him amid thunderous applause. (AGENCIES)

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