NEW DELHI, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — The Chief Minister of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam Sunday resigned from his post, party officials said.
Panneerselvam’s resignation has paved the way for his party head V K Sasikala to take charge of the state.
Tamil Nadu is governed by a regional party – All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
“The Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today proposed the name of Chinnamma (Sasikala) as the leader of AIADMK legislature party leader during a meeting and after that he announced his resignation and submitted it to Sasikala,” an AIADMK party official said.
O Panneerselvam became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu last year following the death of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. During her hospitalization she handed over all her responsibilities and portfolios to him.
“Now Sasikala will call on Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to submit the party’s decision and stake claim to form the government,” the official said.
Sasikala, according to sources, is likely to take her oath as chief minister soon. She was a longtime aide of Jayalalithaa.