Palanisamy sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu

AIADMK members display portraits of VK Sasikala and Jayalalithaa, ahead of Palanisamy's swearing-in ceremony as Tamil Nadu chief minister Photograph:( AFP )

WION Tamil Nadu, India Feb 16, 2017, 10.53 AM (IST)

Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today invited AIADMK Legislative Party leader Edapaddi K Palanisamy to form the government, ending the political deadlock which has paralysed the south Indian state for several weeks. 

Palanisamy was sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu as AIADMK supporters celebrated outside Raj Bhawan today.


Reports say 31 ministers were sworn in as part of Palanisamy's cabinet. 



Meanwhile, the outgoing chief minister O Panneersevlam vowed to fight his way back after he was sidelined by AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in a political slug fight which transfixed the state and the nation for the past month. In a new development, Panneersevlam has appealed to the Election Commission to disallow the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK.

The man of the moment Edappadi K. Palanisamy who is set to be the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu is a known Sasikala loyalist who belongs to a farmer family from the powerful goundar community.  

A four-time MLA from Edapaadi in Salem district, he won the 1989,1991, 2011 and 2016 assembly elections. He was a Jayalathiaa loyalist and stood by her when the party split post-MGR's death in the 80s. He was always an important member of the Jayalathiaa cabinet.