After so many twist and turns in Tamil Nadu’s politics, finally, it is Sasikala who actually wins. Today Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister. The Governor invited him to form the ministry as soon as possible.
He will take oath at 4:30 pm today and the governor requested him to seek the vote confidence of the assembly within 15 days.
A Raj Bhavan press note said Palaniswami’s appointment is in acceptance of the “letter of submitted by Palaniswami on Tuesday that he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party at a meeting of the party MLAs held on that day.”
The governor expressed his decision to Palaniswami when he visited Raj Bhavan at 11:30 am with party presidium chairman KA Sengottaiyan and senior ministers P Thangamani and Dindigul C Sreenivasan.
He claimed he has the support of 124 legislators while Panneerselvam said he has that of only 11.
Palaniswami, 62 was from the rural Nedungulam village in Edappadi taluk and joined AIADMK in the 1980s. He is the Minister for Public Works, State Highways and Minor Ports. Palaniswami was the part of Jayalalithaa’s four-member kitchen cabinet from 2011-16 along with Panneerselvam and former ministers Natham R. Viswanathan and R. Vaithilingam.
There is also talk of private efforts to reunite the two sites, an initiative reportedly being handled in part by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran who was appointed in the party by her. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu yesterday met with senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai and advised that the party should remain united and form a stable government.