Palaniswami Sworn in as new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Posted on:16 Feb 2017 18:00:38
Palaniswami Sworn in as new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
16 February 2017 Current Affairs: After days of speculation, AIADMK's Edappadi Palaniswami was sworn in as the New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 16 February 2017.

Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao took the decision to invite Palaniswami to form the government after conducting talks with both him and O Panneerselvam. The talks clearly proved that Palaniswami had more support from the state legislatures than Panneerselvam.

Highlights : Palaniswami was sworn in at 4.30 pm at Raj Bhavan in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.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.

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

Palaniswami 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. 

 Edappadi Palaniswami : He is currently serving as the Minister for Highways & Minor Ports and is the sitting Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for Edappadi in Salem, his home district.He 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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