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Sasikala Likely to be Sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Tomorrow

AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan will be sworn in as the Tamil Nadu chief minister on Tuesday at 9 AM, a source in AIADMK told CNN-News18.

Updated:February 6, 2017, 7:37 PM IST

New Delhi: AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan will be sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Tuesday, a source in AIADMK told CNN-News18 on Monday. Sasikala was elected by AIADMK MLAs as the Legislature Party Leader on Sunday, following which O Panneerselvam stepped down as the CM.

However, sources said that they were still uncertain about the timing of the ceremony and the governor's schedule. "O. Panneerselvam could be the state deputy CM," a source said, "he will also hold finance portfolio."

The swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held at Madras University and the party is waiting for the Governor's response.

Earlier in the day, amid a storm of criticism of Sasikala's ascension to the chief ministerial post, British doctor Richard Beale sought to dissipate all the rumours surrounding the late CM J Jayalalithaa's death.

Addressing an hour-long press conference, Baele said: "Nothing strange happened during the course of the treatment and it was a witnessed cardiac arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation was started immediately for 20 minutes."

ALSO READ: Jayalalithaa Suffered Cardiac Arrest, No Mystery Over Her Death, Say Doctors

The doctor also said that the press conference was being "facilitated by the government" and there was "no political pressure" on them to hold this meeting.

A petition on online platform against Sasikala's elevation as CM had garnered nearly 19,000 signatures.

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