Sasikala Vs Paneerselvam; Ready to withdraw resignation, if required says Panneerselvam

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017,14:33 IST By anju A A A

Chennai | After raising a banner of revolt against V K Sasikala, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday said he will withdraw his resignation, if required, and said his strength will come to be known in the state Assembly.

Panneerselvam, sacked as AIADMK Treasurer by Sasikala last night following his outburst against her, insisted she was made General Secretary of the party under “extraordinary circumstances” following Jayalalithaa’s death.

Election will be held soon to elect the “permanent” general secretary,” he added.

Striking an aggressive stance, Panneerselvam said his strength will come to be known in the state Assembly.

“If required, I will withdraw my resignation,” said Panneerselvam, who was flanked by Pandian, party’s Rajya Sabha MP Maithreyan and others including VC Aarukutty.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister also made it know that he could not meet Jayalalithaa even once during her 75 days of hospitalisation and said he would recommend an inquiry commission under a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the “doubts” surrounding the health condition and demise of the late leader.

He said he will reach out to the people by going from street to street and welcomed the idea of working together with Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar, who is also opposed to Sasikala’s elevation.

Panneerselvam also dismissed 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 said.

“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 Sasikala last 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.