"I came here and sat silently in meditation, to search my conscience".
"I will fight even if I become a lone ranger as I want to save the AIADMK which was kept united for 28 years by Jayalalithaa", he asserted. A party source also said it may not be right to say the entire cabinet apart from Panneerselvam was present there. I was told that the party and the government needed to be saved. I was told that such an emergency decision needed to be taken. I didn't accept it. "My own Ministers were talking against me", he said. "He immediately gave it". "I came here to speak the truth". According to TV reports, the governor ch has deferred his decision to fly to Chennai on Wednesday. I asked how far was this justified.
He continued, "I was given the CM post but insulted continuously. Sellur Raju, Sengotaiyann, all spoke the same thing", he said. I didn't have information.
Mr. Panneerselvam said he had worked with "utmost dedication" to fulfil "Amma's dreams".
When asked whether the AIADMK is divided within where only some have raised their apprehensions against the move, Pandiyan said, "There is no division within the AIADMK".
"The prime minister should take immediate action and give hope to the people". "Sasikala is not the person people voted for". One of his supporters said, "Our brother OPS will lead us, no one can stop him".
Sasikala, who was appointed as the general secretary of the ruling party on 31 December, was elected as legislature party leader by the AIADMK legislators on Sunday.
On the other hand, DMK's TKS Elangovan said, "The recent developments show that there is clear divide in the party".
Pannerselvam has become the rallying point of revolt within the party against Sasikala. The duo's meeting was arranged by another Amma aide VS Chandralekha, IAS, who deputed Sasikala's husband as her PRO. "Only cadres can elect the general secretary", he said.
Panneerselvam was removed from the post at a meeting of ministers and party MLAs held at late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence, where Sasikala continues to stay, late in the night. "The people of Tamil Nadu will protect you", the junior Pandian claimed. Some of these leaders had also called on her.
Panneerselvam, who is an experienced and time tested politician, has proved his worth many a time.
The press conference at the party headquarters was called to dispel rumours and speculation about Jayalalithaa's death especially in the wake of media interaction of the Pandians.
She also had an allegation to make, against opposition DMK.