Panneerselvam became a lame duck chief minister since December 29 when Sasikala was appointed as the party general secretary. Even otherwise, colleagues in the cabinet paid scant respect to him as they all went to Veda Nilayam to get their daily orders from Chinnamma and her non-resident-husband Natarajan.
The fate of Panneerselvam had been sealed on Thursday night itself when one of the nephews of Sasikala called him over telephone and asked him to get rid of Sheela Balakrishnan, the advisor to the government of Tamil Nadu and the two secretaries Venkataramanan and Ramalingam. The last named left the chief minister’s office with tears in his eyes. @PGurus