Palanisamy Becomes Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Chennai: Sasikalaa��s loyal nominee Edappadi Palanisamy was sworn in as chief minister by Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday at around 4:40 pm.A� He was given 15-day time period to prove his majority on the floor of the house. AIADMK announced that the vote of confidence is going to take place on February 18.

Under the circumstances of Supreme Courta��s decision in the case of disproportionate assets that sentenced Sasikala to jail, Palanisamy became the elected leader of Sasikalaa��s faction. The faction has proved its majority earlier when Sasikala was its leader. Now, the governor considering the previous majority allowed Palanisamy to become chief minister asking him to prove his majority in 15 days.

Palanisamy is from Gounder community and hails from Edapadi in Salem District. He was elected on AIADMK ticket as MLA for more than four times and held ministries that included highways and forest, but more importantly he is a loyal to Sasikala and her family.

Meanwhile, OPS faction has approached election commission to ask them not to issue party symbol to A�sasikalaa��s faction. They also claimed that the nomination of Sasikala as interim general secretary to the party and later her nephew Dinakaran as deputy general secretary wasA�illegal.

Along with Palanisamy 31 ministers were also sworn in and four among them are women. However, Palanisamy will at least for right now, take care the ministries of Home, Finance, Irrigation, Highways, Public Education, PWD, and Personnel.

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