After Sasikala was chosen to become the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, trouble occurred in the AIADMK party. Early Wednesday, Sasikala sacked O Panneerselvam from the party post of treasurer after he raised a banner of protest against her.
After an emergency meeting at her Poes Garden residence, she took the decision. Sasikala chaired the meeting in which some sitting ministers and a section of senior functionaries took part.
The meeting held after veteran AIADMK leader PH Pandian questioned over J Jayalalithaa’s death and Panneerselvam meditated Jayalalithaa’s memorial and said he was forced to resign.
Panneerselvam claimed Sasikala and her supporters forced him to step down from the CM post. He said, “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.”
At a press conference the former assembly Speaker, Pandian opposed the elevation of Sasikala. He said, “She does not deserve to be either the party supremo or the chief minister”.
The AIADMK termed Pandian a “betrayer”. Senior AIADMK leader Panruti Ramachandran said her elevation was in compliance with party rules and that was valid.
Also, Panneerselvam accused that they could not accept his government’s success on issues like Jallikattu, setting the damage caused by Vardah cyclone, mitigating of drinking water crisis in Chennai.
After the emergency meeting, Sasikala addressed a press conference in which she alleged the opposition party DMK was behind Panneerselvam’s protest. She said all the party MLAs are with her and there is no problem in becoming the Tamil Nadu chief minister.
Sasikala announced Panneerselvam would also be removed from AIADMK’s primary membership. He alleged no one had the right to do that and said the accusation that DMK was behind it was totally rubbish.
DMK working President MK Stalin supported Panneerselvam and said the action should be taken against those who threatened him to step down from the post of Tamil Nadu CM.
Panneerselvam also expressed his doubt over Amma’s death. He 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.”
However, last night Panneerselvam said he plans to remain the CM and in his words, this is what Amma intended.
Now it is to be seen what will happen in the next episode of AIADMK drama.