Frequent & ever-temporary Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam came into the limelight after visiting Jaya’s mausoleum in an unscheduled visit. The former Chief Minister who resigned days back sat in silence for over 15 minutes and then approached the media and made some sensational revelations, the most important of which was that he would take back his resignation. Saying that during Jaya’s 75-day treatment, when her health deteriorated, he was told that her health was ‘very bad’ and that the ‘party, government and Tamil Nadu must be saved’. Panneerselvam attacked party chief Sasikala, who was expected to be sworn in as the next chief minister of the state on Wednesday, said that action must be taken against those who had targetted Panneerselvam. Sasikala Natarajan’s rival Sasikala Pushpa has also gone on record with her support to Panneerselvam and said that she hoped ‘they allow him to be made CM’. Read the top 5 shocking revelations he made:
1. Accuses Sasikala effecting a coup in AIADMK by taking over as party chief despite Jayalalithaa herself saying that Panneerselvam was her chosen heir
Panneerselvam opened revolt against the AIADMK supremo, VK Sasikala and accused that the newly appointed chief attempted coup by trying to overtake him to take charge as the state’s Chief Minister.
2. Panneerselvam says he was forced to quit
In one of the most sensational claims, Panneerselvam said that he was forced to resign as Tamil Nadu CM and was forced to write the letter recommending Sasikala’s name as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
3. Panneerselvam says he is ready to fight on his own
Saying that he will no longer tolerate being pushed around, Panneerselvam indicated he is ready for a fight with his detractors and said “I am laying these facts in front of you to make things clear in public, I will continue to struggle.” Significantly, he also hinted that he has adequate backing from sections of the AIADMK party.
4. If party cadre supports him, he is willing to fight for the top post in Tamil Nadu government as well as AIADMK
Stating that his fight against Sasikala’s supremacy will continue, Panneerselvam said that he is ready to fight for the top post in Tamil Nadu id his party cadres supports him.
5. Was insulted by AIADMK party leaders at instigation of Sasikala
Panneerselvam in his attack on rival Sasikala for power in Tamil Nadu said that ever since Jayalalithaa had died on December 5, 2016, he was insulted time and again in an effort to undermine his chiefministership and make him quit the post. He said that his rivals were targetting him despite Jayalalithaa indicating that he was her real heir and no one else, not even her longtime aide Sasikala.