Tamil Nadu’s caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who rebelled against AIADMK chief V K Sasikala on Tuesday night, was given enough indications by the leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to take a stand and be counted after the death of late CM of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa on December 5. According to the reports by Indian Express, Panneerselvam took his own time to raise the flag of revolt against Sasikala and ensured that he had the ‘goodwill’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders.
Panneerselvam repeatedly said that he was humiliated by own party men and was forced to resign as Chief Minister and he took the step to revolt as he was provoked by Sasikala’s hurry to push for the ‘transfer of power’. The initial Chennai power struggle had initiated hectic discussions within the BJP when Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan met many Congress leaders last month. BJP who is also aware of the AIADMK’s strength in Parliament — 37 in Lok Sabha and 13 in Rajya Sabha, wants that Sasikala should take charge only after the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the case against late Jayalalithaa and Sasikala.
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PM Narendra Modi and BJP hand is seen in Tamil Nadu power struggle in the role being played by the Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. His absence on Monday in Tamil Nadu was a calculated move likely ordered by the Centre so as to give some time to the ‘anti-Sasikala’ faction in the AIADMK to gather strength and plan the next step towards a Constitutional challenge to Jayalalithaa’s former aide.
While talking to media after during his surprise visit to pay homage to Jayalalithaa and subsequent revelations against Sasikala on Tuesday, Paneerselvam said, “Amma wanted me to be the chief minister.” And minutes after launching his rebellion against VK Sasikala, he was removed from the post of AIADMK treasurer – Dindigul Sreenivasan was appointed in his place.