In a dramatic turn of events in Tamil Nadu, 'caretaker' chief minister O Panneerselvam dropped a bombshell Tuesday, saying he was forced to resign and propose All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazakham (AIADMK) General Secretary VK Sasikala's name to the top elected post in the state.
Panneerselvam went to Jayalalithaa memorial on Tuesday, meditated for over half an hour. Later, he accused VK Sasikala's camp of pressurising him to step down from the chief minister post.
"I am saying these facts in front of you to make things clear in public. I will continue to struggle. I will take back my resignation if people, MLAs want," Panneerselvam said.
Panneerselvam also said Sasikala and her supporters got annoyed with the success of his government on issues like Jallikattu protests, mitigating of drinking water crisis in Chennai, setting right the damage caused by Vardah cyclone.
VK Sasikala held an emergency meeting with party MLAs and late at night addressed a press conference. She alleged that the main opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazakham (DMK) was behind O Panneerselvam's revolt against her and asserted that all the party MLAs are with her and hence there is "no problem" in her becoming the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
Panneerselvam was also removed from the post of party treasurer and would also be removed from AIADMK's primary membership, Sasikala announced.
Soon after being removed from the post of AIADMK treasurer by party General Secretary VK Sasikala, O Panneerselvam said no one had the right to do so and rubbished her claims that DMK was behind his moves.
DMK Working President MK Stalin too extended support for Panneerselvam and said that action should be taken against those who had threatened him to resign from the post of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.