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Tamil Nadu Political crisis: Will prove my strength in the assembly, claims Panneerselvam

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 February 2017, 12:14 IST

Incumbent Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who revealed that he resigned from the post under threat yesterday, has now said that he will prove his strength in the assembly.

Addressing the media in Chennai, Panneerselvam said, "There has been no instance where he has betrayed the party, while remaining in power or opposition. If party cadres ask me to withdraw my resignation, I will do that."

"Amma remained CM for nearly 16 yrs, I happened to become CM twice, all this was the wish of Amma. Always followed Amma's path. I will prove my strength in the assembly," he added.

Talking about the Amma's death, the chief minister said, "Health queries regarding Amma raised in recent past, it's duty of state government to enquire. Recommended an enquiry commission."

Panneerselvam rebelled against AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, who is set to take over as the next chief minister of state, claiming that he didn't want to resign but was forced to do so under pressure.

More than an hour after Panneerselvam came out against Sasikala, the party removed him from the post of treasurer. Dindigul C Srinivasan was appointed as the new treasurer in his place.

Paneerselvam has also said that he will meet Tamil Nadu people, in each and every city to make his point.

"Union Govt supporting Tamil people. Whoever extends support to Tamil people, we will accept it," he said adding that he "will accept Deepa's (J Jayalalithaa's niece) support, if offered."

Earlier today, Panneerselvam had issued fresh allegation saying that he was never allowed to meet late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa even once when she was hospitalised in the Apollo Hospitals.

"I went to Apollo for all 75 days, but never allowed to meet Amma even once," he said.

First published: 8 February 2017, 11:40 IST