AIADMK leaders are with me, will prove majority: Panneerselvam
Panneerselvam also said that the state Governor C H Vidyasagar Rao asked him to remain as chief minister until a new leader is elected.the DMK.
Tamil Nadu acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday said that he enjoys the support of most of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders and added that they still stand with him.
"I've full majority in the State Assembly, all AIADMK MLAs and leaders stand with me," he told news agency Asian News International (ANI).
Meanwhile, TV channels showed MLAs supporting AIADMK general secretary Sasikala being ''ferried in buses to 'safe locations'."
In order to pass the floor test in the 234-member Assembly, support of 118 MLAs is needed. With the demise of J Jayalalithaa, the House strength is now 233. So 117 MLAs should vote in favour of Sasikala. The AIADMK has 136 MLAs, including the Speaker.
Panneerselvam also said Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao asked him to remain as chief minister until a new leader is elected.
"After I submitted my resignation, the Governor asked me to remain the Acting chief minister of state until a new leader is elected. I continued with my post only after union govt asked me to do so after resignation."
The acting CM also said he had to face constant humiliations and insults from his own party members since he took charge.
"After assuming the Chief Minister position, experiences which I had gone through had pained me a lot. As being a CM I was targeted and humiliated. To be a Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter is a huge task but at each and every step, humiliation was carried out by the insiders who were close to me," he added.
Panneerselvam on Tuesday said his resignation from the Chief Minister’s post on Sunday in favour of Sasikala was “forced” and that he would fight, until his death, for democracy in the AIADMK.
According to the version of events he narrated, as reported by The Indian Express, Panneerselvam said he was not informed in advance about the legislature party meeting held on Sunday and the decision to elect Sasikala as the leader was communicated to him at the last moment.
Earlier, while stepping out of the Poes Garden residence past 1 am, Sasikala said DMK was behind OPS's outburst. "All our MLAs are of the same view. For four days in the assembly, we saw OPS and leader of opposition laughing together," she said in her first interaction with the media. OPS will be expelled from the party, she added.