CHENNAI: A day after Tamil Nadu chief minister O Paneerselvam finally found his voice, sounding off a rebellion within the ruling AIADMK, people poured into the locale that formed the backdrop for his battle call — MGR Memorial on Marina Beach, where former chief minister J Jayalalithaa lies buried.
Emotions ran high as people, including AIADMK party workers, prostrated and stood with their hands folded and heads bowed. Several of them cried out asking why she had left them “orphaned”, why she hadn’t chosen a political heir and how her two aides were ” tarnishing her legacy.”
“Tell us what to do? Who should we support?” asked a woman, clutching a handful of flowers. “It is over. The state is doomed,” said a man next to her, exhaling loudly and wearily looking at a garlanded photo of ‘Amma’ at the head of the grave.
On Tuesday night, Paneerselvam on said he had been forced to resign from the post of CM, throwing the party into turmoil.