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India: Jayalalithaa's trusted aide Panneerselvam sworn in as new chief minister

Panneerselvam has been deputising for Jayalalithaa since she was admitted to hospital on September 22. He was given charge of her eight ministries and also chaired cabinet meetings. reportedly with her photograph by his side. ? Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Dec 06, 2016, 03.10 AM (IST)

O Panneerselvam, trusted aide to and state finance minister under Jayalalithaa, was sworn in as chief minister hours after Jayalalithaa passed away. 

Panneerselvam, along with 31 ministers from Jayalalithaa's cabinet, took their oaths at around 1.15 am. Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao presided over the oaths which were taken at Chennai's Raj Bhavan (Government House). 

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The 65-year-old Panneerselvam, popularly considered to be Jayalalithaa's "Man Friday", takes the top post for the third time.

He also served as chief minister from 2001 to 2002, and again from 2014 to 2015. 

The Press Trust of India reported him as taking the oath with a picture of Jayalalithaa in his pocket. 

Panneerselvam has been deputising for Jayalalithaa since she was admitted to hospital on September 22. He was given charge of her eight ministries and also chaired cabinet meetings. reportedly with her photograph by his side.  

Paneerselvam was elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party before the swearing in. 

In a statement, the Raj Bhavan said, Panneerselvam, MLA from Bodinayakanur, met the governor and submitted a letter to him informing him of his election as leader of the AIADMK legislature party.

The governor then "appointed him as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu and invited him to form the government," the statement said. 

Paneerselvam also submitted a letter containing the names of his cabinet members and the portfolios given to them to the governor for his approval. 

Panneerselvam himself will continue with the same eight ministries that Jayalalithaa headed. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)

 

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