With the Supreme Court verdict in the Disproportionate Assets case expected on Tuesday at 10.30 am, the mood inside Golden Bay Resort where Sasikala, her family, and many AIADMK MLAs are staying is tense.
A reliable source told TNM that when Sasikala arrived at the resort late on Monday and addressed her MLAs, she broke down and said that all this was happening to her because she was a woman. She later sat in the lawns and could be seen speaking to people.
The source also said that though the MLAs looked relaxed and happy to be at the resort, it was difficult to gauge their actual feelings about the situation.
"MLA Saravanan who escaped from the resort in disguise was talking normally and looked happy to be here. He was even speaking to Sasikala and raising slogans, so nobody knew why he left like that suddenly. It's hard to tell if the MLAs really want to be here or they are under some threat," the source said.
A senior minister has apparently reassured the staff at the resort that there will not be any violence even if the verdict goes against Sasikala.
The figures quoted for a day's stay at the resort are grossly exaggerated, the source said: "They've taken these figures from the website and those are not usual packages. It costs only around 3k for a guest to stay and have three meals at the resort. Motor sports are charged extra but the MLAs are not using these facilities. An estimate of 4-5 lakhs per day would probably be reasonable."
The source also said that so far, a settlement of Rs 2 lakhs has been made for groceries purchased and that a minister has assured them of settling the bills once the AIADMK MLAs leave the resort.