It was nearly quarter past 1am on Wednesday when VK Sasikala, AIADMK Legislature Party leader and general secretary, strode out of Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden.
She said that the day Sasikala was elected as legislature party leader of AIADMK was a "very sad for Tamil Nadu".
Can someone be elevated as the party's new general secretary, a position held, first, by founder M G Ramachandran and then, by Jayalalithaa, without consulting the wishes and preferences of the party rank and file? "They threatened to take disciplinary action against me if I refused to toe their line", Panneerselvam stated.
He made the comments after praying for about 40 minutes at Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach tonight. The former Chief Minister claimed that Jayalalithaa, while she was admitted in Apollo hospital, had wanted him to take her place should something happen to her.
When asked if he could withdraw his resignation, Panneerselvam said,"Yes, if people of the state, and party cadres desire so, I will do it".
Rao's hesitation in administering the oath of office to Sasikala lies in history that goes back to year 2001.
Panneerselvam said that he has done a lot for the people of Tamil Nadu, especially referring to the hard work put in by himself and his ministers after Cyclone Vardah.
If a majority of AIADMK legislators choose V K Sasikala as their leader, there is no legal barrier to this former shadow of J Jayalalithaa stepping into her late leader's chief ministerial shoes.
Sasikala is the second accused in the DA case after Jayalalithaa. Ms. Jayalalithaa used to be called "Amma" by her supporters, while Ms. Sasikala is referred to as "Chinamma".
"They told me that we should make Chinnamma the Chief Minister soon", he said, adding that he asked them about the need to do this at this point of time and debated it for two hours.
"There is now no government in Tamil Nadu".
Speaking to media, he said that Jayalalithaa's spirit asked him to reveal the truth and 'that's why I am standing here'.
They claimed that the late leader was instead betrayed by Pandian himself.
Further pointing out the fact that a potential chief minister is involved in significant commercial transactions with the government, Karthi said that this is a big issue. All our MLAs are together like one family.
A tense atmosphere was seen, with the people of TN waiting eagerly to listen to what their Chief Minister had to say. "But when they started blowing conch near Veda Nilayam, they were arrested", sources said.