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Panneerselvam steps down as CM for the third time

06 Feb 2017 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa
O Panneerselvam: Tamil Nadu's loyalist

O Panneerselvam has stepped down as Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister for the third time.

On Sunday, Panneerselvam sent a letter of resignation to Vidyasagar Rao, Tamil Nadu's governor, stating that he was resigning due to "personal reasons."

Panneerselvam first took up Chief Ministerial duties in 2001, when Jayalalithaa was barred by the SC from holding the position.

In context: O Panneerselvam: Tamil Nadu's loyalist

Early careerPaneerselvam: Jayalalithaa's right hand since 2001

Panneerselvam made his entry into politics in 1996 becoming the chairperson of Periyakulam municipality in the Theni district.

He fought Assembly elections in 2001 for the first time from Periyakulam, becoming the PWD minister.

Since 2001, he served as a minister in all AIADMK regimes.

He has held important portfolios like Finance and Public Works and Prohibition and Excise.

Jayalalitha loyalistJayalalithaa's most loyal supporter

OPS or O Pannerselvam has been a staunch Jayalalithaa loyalist and hence always been favoured.

Not only did he cry while taking her place in 2014, he even conducted prayers for his jailed leader at Sabarimala for her return.

When he took over as the CM in 2001 and 2014 he refused to sit on Jayalalithaa's chair.

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06 Feb 2017Panneerselvam steps down as CM for the third time

08 Feb 2017Panneerselvam berates AIADMK, Sasikala

Tamil Nadu caretaker CM O Panneerselvam stoked controversy by stating that he was forced to resign as Chief Minister by the AIADMK and VK Sasikala.

After Panneerselvam said he could withdraw his resignation, questions arose over Sasikala's swearing-in with speculation that President's rule could be implemented in the state.

Meanwhile, the opposition DMK has urged the governor to intervene in the matter.