Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Monday accepted the resignation of Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, clearing the decks for V K Sasikala to take over the top post.
Panneerselvam had resigned on Sunday citing "personal reasons". His resignation came after AIADMK chief Sasikala was elected the Legislature Party Leader.
"I hereby accept your resignation and the resignation of your Council of Ministers tendered vide your letter dated 5 February, 2017," Rao told Panneerselvam.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister and released by the Raj Bhavan, Rao also asked Panneerselvam and his Cabinet to function "until alternate arrangements are made".
In his resignation letter addressed to the Governor yesterday, he had said, "Due to my personal reasons, I'm tendering my resignation from the post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu."
"Kindly accept my resignation and relieve the Council of Ministers of Tamil Nadu appointed by me on 6 December, 2016," he said.
Panneerselvam was appointed Chief Minister on the night of 5 December within hours of the death of his predecessor J Jayalalithaa.
Incidentally, he had proposed the name of Sasikala for the top post at the AIADMK MLAs meeting held in the party headquarters in Chennai on Sunday.
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Updated Date: Feb 06, 2017 13:28:20 IST