In a day of dramatic political developments in Tamil Nadu, Mafoi Pandiarajan has joined the OPS camp, becoming the first Minister to cross over from the Sasikala camp.
Speaking to the media, Pandiarajan said that all MLAs want to keep party together and that's why we are with Sasikala, but tomorrow when we go to the people, what reply will we give.
We all want AIADMK to stay together. All MLAs will come together and we don't want the party to split, said Pandiarajan. The people of Tamil Nadu want Panneerselvam, added the leader.
Mafoi also said, â€śParty led by OPS will not take or give support to DMK. Only intent is to unite party.â€ť
While claiming that support for OPS is increasing, he added, â€śWe will soon have a full legislative body supporting OPS. Ammaâ€™s legacy will rest on OPS' shoulder.â€ť
Meanwhile, OPS said, "All the Ministers and MLAs will come and join me one by one and justice will prevail."
Amma's atma has made this revolution happen, said OPS.
Reacting to the development, AIADMK leader Apsara Reddy said that it was a clear case of political opportunism on the part of Pandiarajan, who till yesterday was part of the Sasikala camp.
Also, with no clear information on when the verdict is expected in the crucial disproportionate assets case against Sasikala, the OPS camp continues its attempts to thwart her, including claiming that Sasikalaâ€™s elevation as General Secretary is illegal according to the partyâ€™s constitution.
With Pandiarajanâ€™s defection, many other key leaders from the Sasikala camp are expected to follow suit on Saturday.