A day after the expulsion of Sasikala and her family members from the AIADMK, the Christmas celebration, organised by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, turned out to be a show of solidarity with every member of the Cabinet, MLAs and party office-bearers across the State attending the function in Chennai.

Former MP P.H. Pandian, who welcomed the gathering, set the tone by pledging unqualified support to all the decisions taken by Ms. Jayalalithaa.

“She is taking decisions keeping in mind the interests of the people. We will stand by her,” he said. Seen among the MLAs was Walajapath P. Ganesan, with bandages over his nose and face as he had met with an accident on Sunday.

“I am being treated in a private hospital in Chennai and I got the doctor's permission to attend the function,” he said.