Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Tuesday dropped a bombshell, saying he was forced to resign and propose party General Secretary V KSasikala's name to the top elected post in the state.
“I was forced to resign as Chief Minister on Sunday,” revealed the former TN CM. His stand on his resignation contradicted Sasikala's claim that it was Panneerselvam who wanted her to become the Chief Minister.
"Only a person who can protect the party (AIADMK) and run the government on the principles laid down by late J. Jayalalithaa should come at the helm (of Tamil Nadu government)," he said after ending his 40-minute meditation at Jayalalithaa's memorial here on Tuesday night."I will be ready to fight even alone, if need be, I am ready for that. If people and party cadres wish, I may withdraw the resignation," the normally softspoken Panneerselvam said.
The former Chief Minister said he had asked Sasikala as to the need for calling a meeting of legislators but there was no proper reply. He then detailed the sequence of events leading to his resignation. “I came to know that there was a meeting of the MLAs. I didn't have information. I was informed that Sasikala should take over as CM. When I asked what's the necessity, they told me one person should have both posts. While working on the oil spill situation, they called me and said Chinamma has to be made CM soon. I said I would go to Amma's memorial and tell her that I was resigning, but they said I can do that later,” he said.
“Amma's soul told me to inform this to the people of Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa had told me to take over as Chief Minister when she was in hospital,” Panneerselvam added.
Panneerselvam said Sasikala -- a long-time confidante of Jayalalithaa -- and her supporters got irritated 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 and others.Agencies