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As it happened: Panneerselvam says he is ready to take back his resignation as CM; Sasikala faction slams him

Tamil Nadu Acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam On Tuesday Paid Homage To J Jayalalithaa When He Sat In Meditation Alone At Her Burial Site In Marina Beach. He Also Stated That He Came To Amma's Memorial To Reveal Certain Truths After His Meditation.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Prakhar Sharma | Updated on: 07 Feb 2017, 11:40:25 PM
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam ANI image

New Delhi:

Tamil Nadu acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday paid homage to J Jayalalithaa when he sat in meditation alone at her burial site in Marina beach. He also stated that he came to Amma's memorial to reveal certain truths after his meditation.

O. Panneerselvam was seen sitting in silence. He came to the memorial at around 9 p.m. and was seen sitting in 'meditation' till about 9.40 p.m.

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

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

“We thought he was a good man. We didn't know he was so selfishAIADMK spokesperson to Thanthi,”said on Panneerselvam’s statement.

Governor Vidyasagar Rao had accepted Panneerselvam's resignation. V K Sasikala has now called a meeting with AIADMK cadre at Poes garden. 

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Congress spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala also took a dig at PM Modi on Twitter on the ongoing Tamil Nadu CM drama.

Here are live updates:

#10:28 PM

At a meeting at Sasikala's place senior party leaders were present&question of her being CM came.I asked how far was this justified: TN CM

#10:22 PM

I was given the CM post but insulted continuously: TN CM O.Panneerselvam

#10:15 PM

When she was in the hospital I asked her, she (Jayalalithaa) asked me to take over as CM: TN CM O.Panneerselvam

The current party position in Tamil Nadu Assembly is as follows:

AIADMK - 135

DMK - 89

Congress - 8

Other - 2

Total - 234

For vertical split in party, 90 MLAs support is needed for Panneerselvam if he goes for a division of AIADMK.

Also Read: It is constitutional obligation of Governor to swear in Sasikala as Tamil Nadu CM, no ground for stopping it, says AIADMK

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First Published : 07 Feb 2017, 10:02:00 PM