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Murder of democracy, says opposition as Sasikala set to become CM

Minutes after the AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala was elected as the leader of the Legislature Party following CM O Panneerselvam’s resignation, opposition parties in the state have cried foul.

DMK working president MK Stalin slammed the decision, saying the people of Tamil Nadu have not elected Sasikala. “People of Tamil Nadu did not vote for anyone from Jayalalithaa’s household to become CM,” he told PTI.

His party spokesperson Manu Sundaram meanwhile compared Sasikala’s elevation to that of Rabri Devi in 1997 in Bihar.

“I think this was along expected lines. However, Sasikala has spoken in public once, never contested office, and has the sword of disproportionate assets case hanging over her. Things go against her. She is a ‘benami’ Chief Minister,” said Sundaram, according to Firstpost.

Congress leader and son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram called for the Assembly to be dissolved following the announcement.

In a series of tweets, he said that the state is “shamed”, and called the change of guard as a coup. He also urged VK Sasikala to “face the people”.