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.
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:
The one who allowed students to show their powerâ€” santhanakrishnan (@76santhanakrish) February 7, 2017
The one who brought us back jallikatu with a smile
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.
OPS is short form for Operations... Operation start! #JustSayingâ€” Karthik Kumar (@evamkarthik) February 7, 2017
â€” Sangeetha (@sang1983) February 7, 2017