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Indian state’s leader refuses to give way to successor

CHENNAI: The chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state on Wednesday refused to give way to his anointed successor, threatening to plunge the prosperous southern region into chaos months after the death of its popular leader. O Panneerselvam took over as chief minister after Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who enjoyed an almost god-like status in the state of 78 million people, died in December. On Sunday his party unexpectedly announced he had resigned and that Jayalalithaa's former aide VK Sasikala -- a…