"I have resigned as Chief Minister," he told party MLAs at the meeting convened to elect Jayalalithaa as the legislature party leader, paving her way to return at the helm.

Panneerselvam was sworn-in as Chief Minister on September 29 last year, two days after Jayalalithaa was unseated from the post when the trial court in Karnataka convicted her in a graft case. She was automatically disqualified from being a member of the Assembly and contesting elections for 10 years from that time.
Panneerselvam returned to the post for a second time last year after he was chosen by Jayalalithaa to be the chief minister almost under similar circumstances in 2001 when she was forced to resign over her conviction in the TANSI case.

He resigned six months later in 2002, when she was acquitted by the Apex Court.

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