former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam is set to go on a long statewide march against the E Palaniswamy rule. Panneerselvam will travel across Tamil Nadu and campaign against Palaniswami and jailed AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan.
The move by Panneerselvam has been seen as the former CM following the footsteps of former chief minister MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa who continued to fight despite defeats and came back to power.
After Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami won the floor test on Saturday, Panneerselvam had expressed dissent and said that the people of the state had been betrayed by the MLAs. He had also added that at the end, Amma’s rule will be established. “Once we go back to our constituencies we will get to know the truth. The voters have been betrayed by MLAs,” Panneerselvam said on Saturday.
“Family thrown out from the party by Amma again came into the picture with Sasikala’s intervention. It won’t last. Amma’s rule will be established,” he said. “For three hours, DMK MLAs on repeating their request to save democracy. Now in absence of all of us, the vote was passed. We doubt its validity,” he added.
Panneerselvam had resigned as the chief minister of the state earlier this month, kicking up a political storm. Two days after he resigned and the stage was set for Sasikala to take over as the CM, Panneerselvam went to late Jayalalithaa’s memorial and made startling claims. Panneerselvam claimed that he was forced to resign and that Sasikala had betrayed Jaya.
Sasikala refuted his claims and called him a traitor. Thereafter, there were two factions within the AIADMK – one with Sasikala and the other with Panneerselvam. Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao delayed Sasikala’s swearing-in with the judgement in the disproportionate assets case impending. However, Sasikala has convicted soon after and was sent to jail. While Sasikala went to jail, she appointed E Palaniswami as the Leader of the Legislative Party and he became the Chief Minister after proving majority with the support of 124 MLAs of the AIADMK. Panneerselvam failed to prove majority and hence, had to step down as the Chief Minister.
Palaniswami was asked to go through a trust vote to prove his majority. He won in a high drama trust vote on Saturday. There was chaos in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday during the trust vote as MLAs turned violent demanding the vote be done through secret ballot. Following the ruckus, DMK MLAs were evicted from the Assembly and the Congress MLAs had walked out. Palaniswami emerged victorious with the 122 MLAs voting in his favour.