Soon after facing the revolt from sitting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala on February 7 claimed that all the party MLAs were with her and hence there is “no problem” in her becoming the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
She further alleged that the main opposition DMK was behind O Panneerselvam’s revolt.
“All the MLAs are there like a single family, so there is no problem,” she told reporters at a crowded press meet.
During her address, she also targeted DMK and said: “DMK is behind Panneerselvam…the reason is that in the recent Assembly session the Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition were looking at each other and laughing together.”
Miffed with revolt, Sasikala, who took charge as party’s General Secretary last year in December following the death of Jayalalitha, sacked Panneerselvam from the post of party’s treasurer.
#SasikalaNatarajan at the entry of her Poes Garden residence after meeting with ministers and party leaders #Chennai pic.twitter.com/eDAC7XBJXC
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 7, 2017
Earlier today, O Panneerselvam, with his supporters, addressed a press conference. He has claimed that he was forced to resign as the Chief Minister. However, Sasikala refuted allegations and said that she had not forced Panneerselvam to resign and what he was saying was absolutely “incorrect”.
Tamil Nadu Political crisis: Will meet Tamil Nadu people, in each and every city to make my point says #OPanneerselvam in Chennai pic.twitter.com/cmclinmsaa
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
Panneerselvam further revealed that he was not allowed to meet Amma despite visiting Jayalalithaa regularly at the hospital. Clearing air about speculations of him joining other party Panneerselvam said that he had no plans to join any other party and that he had served AIADMK with utmost loyalty.