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Sasikala Should Have Occupied The CM's Post Only After Getting People's Mandate, Says Jayalalithaa's Niece

"Setting new precedents."

07/02/2017 5:20 PM IST | Updated 07/02/2017 5:21 PM IST
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COIMBATORE -- Former TNCC president E V K S Elangovan on Tuesday took a dig at the 'back door' entry of V K Sasikala for the post of Chief Minister, saying only those elected by voters should occupy the chair and the development does not augur well for Tamil Nadu.

"Only those elected by the people should occupy the chair of the Chief Minister and not come through the back door. This development does not augur well for the state" he told reporters at nearby Pollachi.

Elangovan opined that hardcore and loyal AIADMK workers and people of Tamil Nadu would not accept Sasikala as Chief Minister. Only those holding some posts in the party and senior party leaders wanted her in that post, he said.

He said the AIADMK would lose badly in the coming civic polls and added that the DMK-Congress alliance would continue for that election. Meanwhile, former City mayor and two time AIADMK MLA T Malaravan, who quit the party to join Deepa Peravai, a forum floated by supporters of Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar, said that Sasikala should have occupied the post of Chief Minister only after getting the mandate of the people.

Moreover taking over the reins just prior to the verdict in the disproportionate asset case does not augur well for Sasikala, said, adding that she was setting a new precedent never seen before in the history of Tamil Nadu politics.

He alleged that O Paneerselvam was forced to resign from the chief minister's post and said It would be better for him to the quit the party.

Malaravan also sought stringent action against those, including a minister, who allegedly assaultd a supporter of Deepa.

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