Sasikala playing dirty tricks to become CM: Panneerselvam

O Panneerslvam also claimed that AIADMK office bearers nominated by the party's general secretary Jayalalithaa would continue to hold their respective posts until a new chief is elected in accordance with relevant rules.

Sasikala playing dirty tricks to become CM: Panneerselvam

Accusing Sasikala of betraying late CM J Jayalalithaa, O Panneerselvam said the AIADMK general secretary is "resorting to dirty tricks to usurp power".

“It is Sasikala who is doing dirty tricks to acquire the chair of CM, if she succeeds it will be a big blot on democracy,” he said.

"Sasikala wanted to betray the party and become the Chief Minister, she instigated several Ministers who started giving interviews that she should be CM,” Panneerselvam added.


According to latest report, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao will meet Pannerselvam, following that, he will meet VK Sasikala and MLAs of AIADMK.

Governor hadn't returned to Chennai from his trip to Delhi and then Mumbai after Sasikala's elevation as Chief Minister was announced, however, he is returning today and is expected to meet Sasikala and clan soon after arriving at noon.

Last evening after a party meeting, Sasikala reportedly bused her supporter group of 131 MLAs to a resort where they remained overnight to prevent them from being poached by other parties or Panneerselvam. However, Panneerselvam had told NDTV that despite the stated support to Sasikala, some legislators are in touch with him.

In a letter to the respective chief managers of Karur Vysya bank and Bank of India, O Panneeselvam wrote, "In accordance with by-law 20, sub-clause 5 in the party constitution, in continuance of my appointment as treasurer of AIADMK by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa), I request you not to permit anyone else to operate our AIADMK party's current account without my written consent and instructions."

Yesterday, Sasikala had sacked him as party treasurer in the meeting after he voiced dissent to Sasikala's elevation as CM and suggested that he might take back his resignation as CM of Tamil Nadu.

O Panneerslvam also claimed that AIADMK office bearers - members of the central executive committee, deputy general secretary and treasurer, among others- nominated by the party's general secretary would continue to hold their respective posts until a new chief is elected in accordance with relevant rules.

"Presently, the post of general secretary of AIADMK remains vacant as the appointment to the said post, which fell vacant upon the demise of Puratchi Thalaivi Amma, is yet to be made in accordance with Rule 20, sub-clause 2 of the said by-law," he stated and added that Sasikala was appointed AIADMK chief under extraordinary circumstances.