Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday dismissed AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala’s charge that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was behind his revolt against the party leadership and said she has no powers to sack him as treasurer.
“She should be asked to explain the basis of her charge. I was never cordial with DMK. A look back into the history will make it clear,” he told Tamil TV channels after his sudden revolt on Monday night.
As the political drama unfolded, security at the Greenways Road residence of Panneerselvam was stepped up even as scores of supporters started thronging the area. AIADMK MLAs, meanwhile, are meeting at the party headquarters to discuss the situation arising out of Panneerselvam’s outburst.
“There is no relationship at all between me and the DMK. It’s only the human approach to reciprocate when some one smiles at you. That is the difference between animals and humans,” Panneerselvam said. He was referring to Sasikala pointing to the exchange of pleasantries between him and DMK Working President MK Stalin, the Leader of the opposition in the Assembly.
M K Stalin also DMK has nothing to do with AIADMK’s ‘internal squabbles’, asks Sasikala to respond to Panneersevlvam’s charges instead of blaming DMK.
He also stuck to his charge that he was forced to resign from the post of chief minister, but declined to answer a question whether he would stake claim with the Governor to continue, saying, “Just wait and watch.”
“I don’t want to go into it. I had already explained in detail at Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) memorial the circumstances under which I was forced to resign,” he said.