Palaniswami Sworn in as new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

The Tamil Nadu Governor has finally invited Edappadi Palaniswami to become the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Feb 16, 2017 16:15 IST
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  Edapaddi PalaniswamiAfter days of speculation, AIADMK's Edappadi Palaniswami was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 16 February 2017.

The swearing in ceremony was conducted at Raj Bhavan around 4.30pm, in the presence of Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.

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Key Highlights

• Palaniswami took the oath first and then he was followed by 30 ministers in four batches.

• This is the third ministry to take the oath after AIADMK won the assembly election in May 2016.

• In spite of his new position, Palaniswami has retained his earlier responsibilities as the Minister of PWD and the Minister for Highways & Minor Ports.

• His nomination for the CM post was chosen by Sasikala herself before she left to serve her four-year sentence for corruption in a Bengaluru jail.

• The final decision was taken by Governor Rao, who had previously met both him and O Panneerselvam to discuss their claim and support base.  The talks had clearly proved that Palaniswami had more support from the state legislatures.

• Palaniswami was called on again by the Governor early morning on 16 February to reconfirm his support of 124 AIADMK legislatures out of the total 134.

• He will now be expected to prove his majority in the state assembly within 15 days, according to an official release from the Raj Bhavan.

• In spite of her jail term, Sasikala will continue to hold her position as the General Secretary of AIADMK.

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About Edappadi Palaniswami

• The 63-year-old is a four-time member of Tamil Nadu Legislature.

• His first election win was in 1989 when he won the assembly elections from the Edappadi constituency.

• While he retained his position in the next elections, he lost in the 2006 elections. He was re-elected in 2011 and then again in 2016.

• He was acknowledged as the Number 3 in Jayalalithaa’s cabinet, next only to Panneerselvam.

• In fact according to reports, he was Sasikala’s first choice for the post of Chief Minister right after Jayalalithaa’s death but in the end, Panneerselvam was chosen.

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