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Reluctant rebel

Print edition : March 03, 2017

O. Panneerselvam meditating at Jayalalithaa’s memorial in Chennai before announcing that he was breaking ranks with V.K. Sasikala. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

O. Panneerselvam meditating at Jayalalithaa’s memorial in Chennai before announcing that he was breaking ranks with V.K. Sasikala. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Panneerselvam inspecting the oil spill near Ennore on the morning of February 5, the day Sasikala was elected general secretary of the AIADMK. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Leading the Republic Day celebrations in Chennai on January 26. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

O. Panneerselvam, the man whose most notable quality was his unswerving loyalty to Jayalalithaa, reveals a steely side by challenging the leadership of V.K. Sasikala. Whoever wins this contest, it is clear that Tamil Nadu is heading for political uncertainty.
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