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Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

AIADMK legislators will vote as per their conscience, says Panneerselvam

Panneerselvam also said he personally did not have any suspicion on the death of J Jayalalithaa.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2017 13:10 IST

IANS, Chennai
O Panneerselvam at Jayalalitaa's Memorial in Chennai.
O Panneerselvam at Jayalalitaa's Memorial in Chennai.(HT Photo)

Tamil Nadu’s caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday said party legislators will have the chance to vote as per their conscience and he would be able to prove his majority.

Panneerselvam also said he personally did not have any suspicion on the death of J Jayalalithaa.

In an interview to a Tamil channel, Panneerselvam declined to reveal the number of legislators who were supporting him and said he will prove his strength on the floor of the house.

On Wednesday, Panneerselvam said a commission of inquiry headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge will be set up to probe into Jayalalithaa’s death.

She passed away on December 5, 2016 after being admitted to Apollo Hospitals for 75 days. There is widespread doubt about her death and hence the probe.

Panneerselvam resigned as chief minister on February 5, and his resignation was accepted by governor C Vidyasagar Rao.

AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala was elected as the leader of the legislature party so that she could become the chief minister.

Rao had asked Panneerselvam to continue till alternate arrangement was made.

On Thursday, after meditating for 40 minutes at Jayalalithaa’s memorial Panneerselvam said he was compelled to resign as chief minister and propose Sasikala for the post of leader of legislature party.

While majority of the legislators are with Sasikala, around five legislators are with Panneerselvam.

Governor Rao is expected to reach here later on Thursday and Sasikala was slated to present the letters of AIADMK legislators supporting her and stake claim to form the government.

DMK working president MK Stalin in a statement said the governor should see that the vote of confidence is held in the state assembly.

He also said the AIADMK legislators were being housed in resorts.

First Published: Feb 09, 2017 13:02 IST

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