The new Revenue Minister will swear-in on Thursday morning at the Raj Bhavan. Venkatachalam represents the Perundurai Assembly constituency.
Jayalalithaa who has been in Kodanad in the Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu for the last couple of days had just returned to the state capital. Sacking the minister is her first major decision upon her return. He was also relinquished from the party post of Headquarters' Secretary.
The shocking decision was taken after a meeting of the party's parliament members and members of the state Assembly to discuss the Presidential poll on Thursday.