AIADMK MLAs meet tomorrow, Sasikala to take over as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Sasikala was appointed the party General Secretary, following Jayalalithaa�s death on December 5 last year, while Panneerselvam sworn in as the CM.
Tamil Nadu may see a change in Chief Minister this week as AIADMK MLAs are set to attend a crucial meeting tomorrow amid speculations that Sasikala Natarajan, party general secretary and a close aide of late Jayalalithaa, will take over the reins of the government.
Reports said the legislators of the ruling are likely to urge Sasikala to take over as Chief Minister, replacing senior leader O Panneerselvam.
Sasikala was appointed the party General Secretary, following Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5 last year, while Panneerselvam sworn in as the CM.
AIADMK senior leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, along with many others, has backed Sasikala for the Chief Minister’s post, The Hindu reported.
However, sources declined to confirm such reports and did not commit on the agenda of the meeting of MLAs. “It is all your imagination and guess work,” a senior leader was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
Meanwhile, Panneerselvam on Friday removed three top officials appointed by J Jayalalithaa from the CM’s office.
The former chief secretary Sheela Balakrishnan was asked to quit as adviser to the Tamil Nadu government, where she was appointed by the late CM Jayalalithaa in March 2014 after retirement. In addition, K N Venkataramanan and A Ramalingam, were also removed from their posts.
While a senior AIADMK leader said the decision to remove Jayalalithaa loyalists was taken by party chief K Sasikala and her husband M Natarajan, sources close to Panneerselvam said he was merely obeying the orders from the party considering various factors, including unity in party as well as to avoid multiple power centres at the top of administration.
Surprisingly, senior DMK leader S Duraimurugan recently said he would like Panneerselvam to continue as CM for the next five years.
"Beware of those around you (party colleagues). We won't do any harm to you," Duraimurugan told the Chief Minister, Times of India reported.