Who is Palanisamy?
K Palanisamy Photograph: (DNA)
Edappadi K. Palanisamy belongs to a farmer family from the powerful goundar community. A four-time MLA from Edapaadi in Salem district
A four-time MLA from Edapaadi in Salem district, he won the 1989,1991, 2011 and 2016 assembly elections. In 1998, he won the Lok Sabha seat from Tiruchengode(Thiru-chen-goad). A known Jaya loyalist, he stood by her when the party split post-MGR's death in the 80s. He was always an important member of the Jayalaathiaa cabinet, he was the public works, highways and minor ports minister in her cabinet.