AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was unanimously elected its legislature party leader, paving the way for her return as a chief minister of Tamil Nadu following her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case. Party MLAs, including party treasurer and chief minister O Panneerselvam, assembled at the party headquarters in Chennai in the morning and re-elected Jayalalithaa as AIADMK legislative chief. Panneeerselvam forwarded the motion to elect her as legislature party leader which was seconded by electricity minister Natham R Vishwanathan.
A beaming cooperative minister, Sellur K Raju, when asked if Jayalalithaa had been elected as LPP leader, said: “This is the happiest day of our life.” Party cadres had assembled in large numbers at the AIADMK headquarters since early morning. Panneerselvam, who headed straight to Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, resigned soon after the meeting.
Accepting the resignation of Panneerselvam and his council of ministers Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah invited AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa to form the new government at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said.”The governor of Tamil Nadu accepted the resignation of Panneerselvam and his council of ministers from the ‘forenoon of’ May 22, 2015,” said the statement.