CM Panneerselvam speaks to the media after sitting in meditation at Jayalalithaa memorial:

If people wish, I would even withdraw my resignation, says Panneerselvam.

I would fight to save the party and the goodwill of Jayalalithaa’s legacy, he says.

During this a meeting of MLAs was called. I went to Poes garden. And they said Ms. Sasikala should take over as CM. I thought what was the need for that. I never knew about the MLAs’ meeting at all. And I asked why am I being humiliated like this after foisting the job I was not willing to take over, he says.

I never revealed it because I don’t want any bad name for the party or Amma’s legacy, he says.

Ministers R.B. Udhayakumar and Sellur Raju and Mr. Thambidurai raised voice that Sasikala should become CM. When members of my Council raise a voice against me, I felt humiliated.

While I went to meet the PM, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker sought a separate meeting along with MPs. When I vented my mental agony over this, I didn’t get any relief, says Panneerselvam.

As you all know, jallikkattu protests happened. I went to Delhi and lobbied with PM Modi and got an ordinance drafted for reviving jallikattu in consultation with legal experts, he says.

Then I went to Andhra Pradesh to get Krishna water for Chennai, which too got us good name, he says.

I decided to work as CM to carry forward Jayalalithaa’s legacy. Then cyclonic storm Vardha came. Our work during the storm got us praise. Our work irked certain people, says Mr. Panneerselvam

I was convinced later by Madhusudhanan to take over the mantle, he says.

AIADMK presidium chairman Madhusudhanan  proposed my name to take over the party’s mantle after Amma’s death. But I did not accept it first, says Panneerselvam.

I have come to Amma’s memorial to reveal certain truths, says Panneerselvam after his meditation.

In a sudden development, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam visited the Jayalalithaa memorial on Tuesday and was seen sitting in silence.

The Chief Minister came to the memorial at around 9 p.m. and was seen sitting in ‘meditation’ till about 9.40 p.m.

Mr. Panneerselvam’s move gains significance in view of the confusion surrounding V.K. Sasikala’s swearing-in as Chief Minister.

Mr. Panneerselvam, who is also AIADMK party treasurer, proposed Ms. Sasikala’s name for legislature party leader at the MLAs’ meeting on Sunday and faxed his resignation to Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao.


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