Tamil Nadu’s caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam revolted against AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala on Tuesday, saying he was forced to resign from the position due to pressure from party cadres.
From holding the seat faithfully for late chief minister J Jayalalithaa to “fighting” for Amma’s values, here’s how the political drama in Tamil Nadu has played out:
AIADMK comes to power with a mega alliance but Jayalalithaa is barred from contesting by the Election Commission due to pending corruption cases against her. The party still appoints her as CM, only to have her unseated by a Supreme Court order.
O Paneerselvam warms the CM seat, awaiting her return.
December 17, 2011
Jayalalithaa ousts her close aide Sasikala from party and her residence for the second time. Sasikala is later reinstated after writing an apology letter.
September 27, 2014
O Paneerselvam again takes Jayalalithaa’s place ‘temporarily’ as she spends a month in prison and gets bail after a court convicted her in the disproportionate assets case.
AIADMK roars back to power for a consecutive second term in the state.
September 22, 2016
Jayalalithaa admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai after suffering from fever and dehydration.
December 05, 2016
After 74 days of hospitalisation, Tamil Nadu’s Iron Lady Jayalalithaa Jayaraman dies.
Panneerselvam, 66, takes oath for the third time on the night Apollo Hospital announced Jayalalithaa’s death.
February 5, 2017
Panneerselvam resigns, citing “personal reasons” after AIADMK chief Sasikala is elected the legislature party leader. The move clears the decks for VK Sasikla to take over the top post.
Governor Vidyasagar Rao asks OPS and his cabinet to function until Sasikala is sworn-in.
February 7, 2017
Paneerselvam spends about half an hour in apparent mediation before claiming that ‘Amma’s’ spirit had spoken to him. He later addresses media, saying he wanted to “clear his conscience” and “reveal certain truths” about being forced to resign.
In response, Sasikala sacks Panneerselvam as the AIADMK treasurer after convening an emergency meeting with party leaders at Poes Garden, her official residence.
February 8, 2017
OPS drops another bombshell, announcing an inquiry into the death of late CM J Jayalalithaa, saying doubts prevailed over her health condition.