Late night drama ensued in Tamil Nadu when caretaker CM O Panneerselvam went to Jayalalithaa's memorial and stayed in meditation there for half an hour. This was only the silence before the storm, for when OPS addressed the media thereafter, it was an outright revolt against Sasikala and her takeover of the party.
Also read: OPS revolts! Says was forced to quit, will withdrawresignation if people want
OPS said that he felt insulted, was compelled to resign from CM's post and that he would withdraw his resignation if the people of Tamil Nadu wanted.
For a large section of Tamil Nadu's population which was feeling frustrated with Sasikala, O Panneerselvam has emerged as a hero. He is being hailed as the man who rebelled for a cause, a man who has tried to save the state.
Social media exploded with reactions thereafter, most in support of OPS.
Check them out here:
He knows things wont be same with him after this, but still he did not want the state to go into wrong hands. #Respect #WeWantOPSBackasCMâ€” Prithiv Mohan (@PrithivMohan) February 7, 2017
Ok, I never thought #OPS had the #rebel in him. Even if he dusn't survive this #cyclone, we wud b proud of him. #IwantOPS #WeWantOPSBackasCMâ€” CTSK (@simplyctsk) February 7, 2017
To be frank Respect within Myself for OPS has peaked. True Loyalist of Amma Great Interview OPS Amma's soul happy now @mosquitomani @sujayakâ€” Srivatsan Sridharan (@Srivatsan_91) February 7, 2017
#WeWantOPSBackasCM you are the most respected man of this time... You deserve a big salute. #OPS #OPSTheHeroâ€” Hari Krishnan (@hari6174) February 7, 2017
Take back your resignation Mr. #OPannerselvam , They trolled u UPS but u gave a high voltage shock, #Respecttosilence #WeWantOPSBackasCMâ€” Clynes Paul (@clynesnoel) February 7, 2017
The one who allowed students to show their powerâ€” santhanakrishnan (@76santhanakrish) February 7, 2017
The one who brought us back jallikatu with a smile
#OPS Saved Tamil Nadu From Mannaargudi Mafia.... #Amma's Choice is proved RIGHT today.... #OPSRising pic.twitter.com/5hNSVansh0â€” Kamaljii (@kamaljii) February 7, 2017
TN should save their democracy so ops have to became CM. Thanks for coming to support peoples feeling.. #WeWantOPSBackasCMâ€” Karthikraja (@karthik_nkr) February 7, 2017
Some took the events of Tuesday night with a pinch of humour (and memes), in support of OPS nevertheless.
Yesterday - Mild Earthquake felt in North India.â€” Comedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) February 7, 2017
Today - Massive Earthquake felt only in Poes Garden. #OPannerselvam #TnPolitics
OPS is short form for Operations... Operation start! #JustSayingâ€” Karthik Kumar (@evamkarthik) February 7, 2017
hahahaha Meme boys will not sleep today #OPS pic.twitter.com/oImJEqHa4yâ€” RekhaShivakumar (@reshkitchen) February 7, 2017
#OPS throws a curve ball! I feel the last 4 days should earn #TnPolitics the Oscar for best movie. No idea what to think anymoreâ€” Smriti Anand (@smiteryn) February 7, 2017
OPS Right Now #WeWantOPSBackasCM #TnPolitics #OPannerselvam pic.twitter.com/aLQeGCShccâ€” Vignesh (@vky342) February 7, 2017
OPS Strikes BACK :D :))#TnPolitics #ISupportOPS pic.twitter.com/EcVLKtrqcSâ€” S T R A N G 3 R (@HungryHeartt49) February 7, 2017
And thats how the pawn became the Minister. #OPS #TNPolitics #ChessReference #HeirtotheThrone #GOTinTN #PanneerPrimetimeRevoltâ€” shravankumar (@thehabitbuilder) February 7, 2017
Best One So Far !! #TnPolitics #OPannerselvam #ISupportOPS #WeWantOPSBackasCM pic.twitter.com/E4beOIHtNiâ€” à®ªà¯ˆà®°à®µà®¾ (@urstrulykutty) February 7, 2017
#OPS memes â˜ºâ˜ºâ˜º pic.twitter.com/w61UbMq0KVâ€” Sangeetha (@sang1983) February 7, 2017