CM O Panneerselvam proposed her name, which was seconded by the MLAs at the party headquarters. In all, 134 MLAs signed the resolution in support of Sasikala. She said that the government would run in the way shown by Amma.
Later, Panneerselvam tendered his resignation letter to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. He thanked PM Narendra Modi and Governor Vidyasagar Rao for extending all support and cooperation during his short tenure as the CM.
Earlier, he and his ministers met Sasikala at former CM J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence. The objective was to discuss the government’s activities, issues related to various constituencies and how to celebrate Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary on February 24.
While this was so, the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu were against the new development which has taken place in the AIADMK.
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin has flayed the move to elect general secretary VK Sasikala as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party.Z
It is pity that this move was against the wishes of late Jayalalithaa and the people of the state. He said, “When Jayalalithaa was jailed in the disproportionate assets case, she nominated O Panneerselvam as the CM. And when she was hospitalised, she handed over her portfolios only to him.”
Jayalalithaa had never given any post, either in the party or in government to Sasikala. “But today she has been elected against Jayalalithaa’s wishes. We will fight this democratically,” said Stalin.
BJP’s State president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the development is no more an internal party issue. “Only a couple of months ago, the AIADMK legislators had elected Panneerselvam as the CM and now this?
Meanwhile, opposing the new AIADMK legislature party leader, expelled Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Puspha alleged that Sasikala had a criminal background.
It is condemnable to nominate Sasikala as the CM due to her criminal background. All criminal cases are pending and (she is) convicted.”
“The then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa never proposed Sasikala as a candidate when she was in hospital,” she said.