Probe treatment given to Jayalalithaa since 2011: OPS faction

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami
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18 August, 2017

DMK Working President MK Stalin on Thursday demanded the resignation of entire Tamil Nadu cabinet after Chief Minister K Palaniswami ordered a judicial probe in the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalithaa. The commission of inquiry will be set up and headed by a retired judge of the Madras high court.

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's niece, Deepa Jayakumar, on Thursday challenged Chief Minister E Palaniswami's decision to convert Poes Garden residence into memorial.

The Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu assembly also demanded the resignation of Palaniswami and all his ministerial colleagues for the smooth conduct of probe under a new government.

Panneerselvam, who broke away from the AIADMK in February, after V.K. Sasikala chose to take over as the chief minister of the state, has been making two demands-to oust Sasikala and her family from party affairs and to initiate an inquiry into Jayalalithaa's death.

Further, Jaya's residence in Poes Garden will be made into a memorial, the CM said.

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The "three key demands" conceded by the EPS faction include the resolution it passed on August 8 saying that no one is qualified for the position of party general secretary held by the great Amma - which in effect meant that Sasikala chosen as the "interim" general secretary has served her time once the Supreme Court sent her to the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru.

He said the ruling AIADMK faction led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami was moving towards a merger with the faction led by Panneerselvam.

In his reaction, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss demanded a CBI probe and described the announcement of an Inquiry Commission as a "part of a political gimmick".

Jayalalithaa died at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai on December 5 previous year after a prolonged illness. He also lashed out at Panneerselvam and said that those who are demanding CBI inquiry into Jayalalithaa's death "should first realize that they were the ones who were in important positions (in the government) when Amma (Jayalalithaa) was hospitalized". Her hospitalisation was shrouded in secrecy, with few medical bulletins issued to the public on the state of Jayalalithaa's health. "Only I have the responsibility to take to the people her life and legacy", she said. He said the family, up to "usurp" the party, should be shown the door.

After rebelling against the leadership of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in February last, Panneerselvam had raised suspicions over the circumstances surrounding Jayalalithaa's death.


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