After a high-decibel drama in the special Assembly session on Saturday, newly appointed Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami attended his first day in office on Monday. Starting his chief ministerial journey with paying tribute to late J Jayalalithaa, Palaniswami has rolled out 5 major public welfare schemes. During his first speech as the CM, Palaniswami said, “I am following Amma’s policy and will work in order to fulfill all her dreams.” In his five major announcements, the CM has said that his government has launched special policies for women and fisher flock. A report in India Today TV said that CM has also sought for closure of more than 500 liquor shops across the state. He also announced that nearly 1 lakh women will get subsidy as high as 50 per cent, to buy two-wheelers. The newly appointed state government has also introduced a scheme for pregnant women, where maternity assistance of Rs 18,000 will be given to about 6 lakh women.
Further explaining his plans, Palaniswami said that his government has allocated Rs 85 cr to build houses for 5,000 fisherman. He also promised that the government will soon provide clean drinking water to all. The incumbent CM also said that drought relief fund for farmers will be given.
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On Saturday, Palaniswami sailed through the trust vote test by bagging 122 votes after 88 DMK legislators were evicted by Speaker P Dhanapal for creating a ruckus in the house on Saturday. The 11 votes against him were cast by the rebel faction in the ruling AIADMK, led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Opposition DMK had also said that the conducted trust vote was illegal as it was introduced twice – once in the morning and second after two adjournments in the house. The opposition party has moved Madras High Court challenging the controversial trust vote procedure.
The Madras High Court is to hear the petition against the CM on Tuesday. Meanwhile, it was also reported that O Panneerselvam, who had controversially resigned from his post as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, is also to go to the High Court against the incumbent Chief Minister.