Chennai(PTI): AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was on Friday invited to form government by Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah following the resignation of her trusted lieutenant O Panneerselvam as Chief Minister, paving the way for her return at the helm after nearly eight months.
At an early morning meeting of party MLAs, 67-year-old Jayalalithaa was unanimously elected as AIADMK Legislature Party Leader, a foreseeable event following the party supremo’s acquittal by the Karnataka High Court in the disproportionate assets case.
Party Treasurer O Panneeerselvam forwarded the motion to elect her as legislature party leader which was seconded by Electricity Minister Natham R Vishwanathan, sources said, adding, it was adopted unanimously.
Minutes later, Panneerselvam announced his resignation as chief minister.
14:55 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
Jayalalithaa pays tribute to AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran at Anna Salai in Chennai
13:44 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
J Jayalalithaa all set to be CM; heads for Raj Bhavan to meet Governor K Rosaiah
9:01 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
- Governor K Rosaiah accepts Panneerselvam’s resignation
The Governor of Tamil Nadu accepted the resignation,” of Panneerselvam and his council of Ministers from the ‘forenoon of’ May 22, 2015,” the statement said.
The Governor has requested the Chief Minister (Panneerselvam) and his present council of Ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made,” it said.
8:21 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
* Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam submitted his resignation to Governor K. Rosaiah
O. Panneerselvam on stepped down from his post as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, even as party supremo J Jayalalithaa was re-elected as the legislature party leader at a meeting held in Chennai.
Panneerselvam submitted his resignation to Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, accompanied by some of his ministers including, Natham Viswanathan,Vaithiyalingam, Edappadi Palaniswami and Palaniyappan.
8:10 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
- CM Panneerselvam leaves from Raj Bhawan.
8:00 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
- Security tightened outside Poes Garden (Jayalalithaa’s residence)
- CM Panneerselvam reaches Raj Bhawan.
8:12 IST Friday, 22 May 2015
Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL against Jayalalithaa being sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, observing that the petition had been filed for “publicity purpose”.
Dismissing a PIL The vacation bench of Justices Venugopal Gowda and Veerappa imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner, advocate Raviraj Gururaj Kulkarni.
The petitioner had submitted that since the recent High Court order acquitting Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case had “flaws”, there are possibilities of someone moving the Supreme Court challenging the judgment.
What Jaya said after acquittal
After her acquittal, the 67-year old leader had said,”We are at the cusp of victory after crossing all the hurdles. Our politics and administration should be based on legal principles and guidelines. That is how we have been functioning.”
“That is why, our successive steps are being taken according to a planned itinerary. There is no confusion regarding this; no problems,” she had said apparently in reference to eagerness among party workers to see her re-elected soon.
“Those things desired by my dear party siblings will happen at the right time. Nobody can stop this. So there is no need for concern,” she had said in a statement.
Jayalalithaa was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court on May 11 after a special trial had convicted her on September 27 last year in a disproportionate assets case and sentenced her to four years in jail.