All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary V K Sasikala called on Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday and staked claim to form a government in Tamil Nadu.
She has believed to have submitted a list of party MLAs supporting her, contending that most of the party MLAs have endorsed her candidature for chief ministership.
Five senior party leaders accompanied her to the Raj Bhawan.
Before meeting the governor, she visited the memorial of the late Jayalalithaa at the Marina Beach in Chennai.
Attired in her signature green saree, Sasikala was accompanied by hundreds of supporters, including some senior ministers, to Jaya’s memorial.
A teary-eyed Sasikala placed before the memorial a big closed envelope believed to be the list of MLAs who have endorsed her candidature for the top post.
She offered rose petals and kneeled at the memorial.
Her supporters also joined Sasikala in prayers with folded hands.
On Sunday, Sasikala was elected the Legislature Party Leader, paving her way for her elevation as the chief minister.
The AIADMK had claimed that 131 MLAs had attended a meeting called by her on Wednesday in the wake of a rebellion by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.
With agency inputs
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