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Panneerselvam says will get Jayalalithaa's death probed, adds- 'will prove my strength in Assembly'

Chennai: Caretaker Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday said a committee will be constituted to probe the mystery surrounding the death former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Talking to mediapersons outside his residence, Panneerselvam said, "There have been doubts about Amma's death. An investigation commission headed by a retired judge is needed to look Amma's death as it is the duty of a government to eliminate doubts of people. We will constitute an inquiry committee. The committee will submit its report to the high court, and the report will be made public."

He said he had never betrayed AIADMK, as accused by party general secretary V K Sasikala and her supporters.

"I have been following the footsteps of Amma and I will continue to do so," he said.

Asked how many MLAs were supporting him, the chief minister said, "My power will be seen in the Assembly."

"I'll meet the Governor when he comes to Chennai. My strength will be known in assembly. Will meet people in every village," he said.

"A proper election must be held to elect the party general secretary. We now have a temporary general secretary, who was nominated under an extraordinary situation," he said.

He said it was be a big lie to say that BJP was behind this.

"Deepa is the daughter of Amma's brother. I have respect for them," he said when he was asked if he would be open to get support from Jayalalithaa's niece.

Meanwhile, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala called for a MLAs meet at the party headquarters.