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Panneerselvam dismisses Sasikala’s charge of DMK conspiracy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam coming out after meditation at Jayalalithaa memorial in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam coming out after meditation at Jayalalithaa memorial in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

AIADMK MLAs are meeting at the party headquarters to discuss the situation arising out of Mr. Panneerselvam’s outburst.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam on Wednesday dismissed AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala’s charge that DMK was behind his revolt against the party leadership and said she has no powers to sack him as Treasurer.

“She should be asked to explain the basis of her charge. I was never cordial with DMK. A look back into the history will make it clear,” he told Tamil TV channels after his last night’s sudden revolt.

As the political drama unfolded, security at the Greenways Road residence of Panneerselvam was stepped up even as scores of supporters started thronging the area.

AIADMK MLAs, meanwhile, are meeting at the party headquarters to discuss the situation arising out of Mr. Panneerselvam’s outburst.

“There is no relationship at all between me and the DMK. Its only the human approach to reciprocate when some one smiles at you. That is the difference between animals and humans,” he said.

He was apparently referring to Mr. Sasikala on Tuesday night pointing to the exchange of pleasantries between him and DMK Working President M.K. Stalin, the Leader of the opposition in the Assembly, during the recent session.

He also stuck to his charge that he was forced to resign from the post of Chief Minister, but declined to answer a question whether he would stake claim with the Governor to continue, saying “Just wait and watch.”

“I don’t want to go into it. I had already explained in detail at Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) memorial the circumstances under which I was forced to resign,” he said.

Elaborating on his contention that Ms. Sasikala had no powers to sack him from the party post, Mr. Panneerselvam said already there were legal problems facing the party.

He said general secretary was elected on a temporary basis in view of the extraordinary situation faced by the party (after Jayalalithaa’s demise).

“This is the party’s norm. As per the party’s constitution framed by founder M G Ramachandran at the time floating the AIADMK, legal sanction for the post will come only when all primary members elect the general secretary. Such a general secretary alone has the powers to appoint or remove party functionaries,” he said.

On strong attack against him by AIADMK leaders, including his cabinet colleagues, Mr. Panneerselvam said it was a ‘compulsion of time.’

“They can only speak like that when they are there (with Sasikala). They are in a state of mind of retaining their office for the next four years. They should act keeping in mind that they have to go back to the people,” he said.

On the charge that he had betrayed the party high command, the senior leader said he resigned when he was forced only because he did not want the charge to fall on him.

Asked about allegations levelled against him by some of his opponents that BJP was behind him, Mr. Pannerselvam said, “They (his opponent) don’t have any strong ground against me. They can’t level any allegation against me.”

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