Outgoing Chief Minister O Panneerselvam claimed that Jayalalithaa’s “soul had asked him to speak the truth”. He said on February 8 that a committee, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, will be formed to probe the mystery surrounding Jayalalithaa’s death.
There were doubts about Amma’s death. A judicial inquiry is needed to look into Amma’s death as it is the government’s duty to eliminate people’s doubts. We will constitute an inquiry committee. The committee will submit its report to the high court, and the report will be made public, said Pannerselvam, adding that he didn’t meet Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospitals.
Stating that he does not understand Sasikala’s rush to become the CM, he said when you force people, we all know the consequences.
Dropping another bombshell, he said, elections will be held soon for the ‘permanent’ General Secretary post of the party. He said that he was open to take the support of Deepa Jayakumar to prove his majority. Daring Sasikala, he said, “I have great respect for her family.”
Reiterating that he would prove his majority in the Assembly, he appealed to all MLAs that they should take a firm decision taking into account the feelings of the people in their constituencies.
Reacting to his removal from the party, Pannerselvam said Sasikala is not empowered to sack him as treasurer. As per the party’s constitution, legal sanction is given only when all primary members elect the general secretary. Such a general secretary alone is empowered to remove office-bearers.
AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan reached Panneerselvam’s residence in Chennai. “My conscience made me join Panneerselvam. The numbers, whether 154 or 132, will not be decided on roads, but on the floor of the assembly.”
Meanwhile, a meeting of the MLAs of the AIADMK has already begun at the party headquarters. General secretary VK Sasikala reached the office at around 11.30 am.
Earlier, many senior leaders, including KA Sengottaiyan and Sasikala’s relatives—Dinakaran and Venkatesh—were also seen at the office. It is being said that at least 100 MLAs have made it to the meeting.
Sasikala Pushpa, expelled AIADMK MP said it was good Panneerselvam has finally hit back. With him supporting Jayalalithaa’s niece, Deepa, to join the party, the message to VK Sasikala’s camp is crystal clear: The revolt is not limited to Panneerselvam and a small band of his loyalists.