After Speaker, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam revolts against Sasikala

08 February, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • AIADMK Live Updates : Panneerselvam Sits in Meditation at Jayalalitha Memorial Marina Beach

"Sasikala does not deserve to be either the party supremo or the chief minister", Pandian told reporters in Chennai, two days after Sasikala was elected AIADMK legislature party leader, paving the way for her to become the CM.

Being sceptical about the elevation of Sasikala Natrajan from Party General Secretary to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Congress leader Karthi Chidambaram on Tuesday said even if the decision is legally correct, it is morally wrong.

Panneerselvam was made chief minister twice in Jayalalithaa's stead when she was forced to step down over legal troubles.

He made the comments after praying for about 40 minutes at Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach tonight. "The will of the people as expressed through the majority party prevails only if it is in accord with the Constitution", the apex court had said.

Supporters of Mr Panneerselvam gathered outside his official residence at Greams Road and thanked him for "listening to his conscience and heeding to the call of the soul of Amma".

The petitioner said he filed the plea in the interest of people of Tamil Nadu and to maintain the peace in the state.

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"I was forced to resign by Sasikala", Panneerselvam told reporters after a dramatic 40-minute meditation at the memorial of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who died in December previous year.

The press conference at the party headquarters was called to dispel rumours and speculation about Jayalalithaa's death especially in the wake of media interaction of the Pandians. "When I asked what's the necessity, they told me one person should have both posts". When she was in hospital, he had been asked to take over her Ministries by the Governor.

He had been continuously humiliated while in office with his own cabinet members openly asking for Sasikala to take over as Chief Minister. For a large section of Tamil Nadu's population which was feeling frustrated with Sasikal, O Panneerselvam has emerged as a hero.

"I will fight for this even if I am alone", the otherwise soft-spoken Panneerselvam thundered. He said the appointment of Sasikala as party general secretary itself was against the wish of late Chief Minister and party boss Jayalalithaa. But when they started blowing conch near the residence they were arrested, 'the sources said.

A tense atmosphere was seen, with the people of TN waiting eagerly to listen to what their Chief Minister had to say.

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