In a big revelation, Tamil Nadu chief minister O Paneerselvam on Tuesday night said that he was forced to resign from the post.
He said that he would withdraw his resignation if people, party men and MLAs wanted it.
At the end of a politically charged day, Paneerselvam stole the limelight as he sat in meditation at MGR Memorial on Marina beach, where late chief minister J Jayalalithaa was buried.
Paneerselvam, who had submitted his resignation to the governor to pave the way for party general secretary V K Sasikala to be the chief minister and is continuing in the post till the next government is sworn in, reached the memorial around 9 pm.
He sat down in front of Jayalalithaa’s burial site and closed his eyes. His meditative pose continued for around 40 minutes, leaving his security detail and party workers clueless.
Around 9.40 pm, he stood up walked around the grave. Later, he started speaking to mediapersons.
“I am saying these facts in front of you to make things clear in public. I will continue to struggle,” he added.
“I will fight alone if need be. I am ready for that,” OPS concluded.
IMAGE: Panneerselvam paid respects to Jayalalithaa at her memorial. Photograph: ANI