CHENNAI: The AIADMK party owing allegiance to now jailed General Secretary V K Sasikala on Thursday made it clear that it will not embrace acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
Barring Panneerselvam and School Education Minister K Pandiarajan, all other MLAs in "the rival camp are welcome to join us", Handloom and Textiles Minister O S Manian told the media.
Manian's statement came as it became clear that Governor C Vidyasagar Rao was set to invite Sasikala loyalist E. Palaniswamy to form a new government.
On Wednesday evening, Palaniswamy met Rao and submitted a list of legislators supporting him and requested the Governor to invite him to form the government.
Earlier in the day, a senior leader in Panneerselvam's camp told IANS that they expected a sizeable number of legislators from the Sasikala camp to join them. That was before the Governor invited Palaniswamy.