Deepa says people did not vote for Sasikala

Panneerselvam's outburst could change the course of the politics in the state as he is now effectively the caretaker chief minister of the state till Sasikala is sworn in, and according to reports, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao is in no hurry to respond immediately to Sasikala's claim.

For close to three decades, Sasikala, known as Chinnamma (younger mother) to her supporters, had been an nearly permanent fixture in Jayalalitha's life, and was often seen with the former chief minister on public platforms.

"When I told "them" it was not proper for ministers to make such statements, they assured me that "they" would speak to those ministers, but the clamour for Sasikala to become CM only grew louder", he said. The chaos after Jayalalithaa's death has certainly had one happy fallout - democracy has come back to the streets - everywhere except for the eerily silent road leading up to Veda Nilayam, Jayalalithaa's residence now occupied by Sasikala and her many sycophants.

He said he is willing to take Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar's support if she offers it to him. "I opposed, it", he said.

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"I am not going to jump into the so-called bandwagon of Panneerselvam".

She said she was not convinced with the "clarification" given by a team of doctors to dispel doubts relating to Jayalalithaa's death on Monday.

But the AIADMK leadership fielded KA Sengottaiyan and Panrutti Ramachandran, organising secretary and senior spokesperson of the party respectively, to counter the allegations by the Pandians.

Instead of acknowledging the public anger and deferring the decision to elevate Sasikala, it is with its typical arrogance and derision that the party went ahead with its plans.

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Meanwhile, AIADMK general secretary Sasikala had given befitting counter to OPS on Wednesday.

Dindigul Sreenivasan has been appointed in his place. He is conspiring with the DMK, she added.

Replying to a question whether anyone other than Sasikala met Jayalalithaa, he said: "I do not have information about any political leader meeting her". In 1994, Amaran says he was forced to sell his 22-acre farmhouse at Payyanur on Old Mahabalipuram Road to Sasikala. Political analysts are also expecting president rule in the state. Having learnt the ropes from a mentor who knew how to put a price on anyone's loyalty, Sasikala may have picked up the art well enough.

Earlier, speaking to a Tamil television channel, Panneerselvam said he will not seek the support of any other party to form the government.

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