Ending ten days of political stalemate, Edappadi K Palaniswami, the man Friday of V K Sasikala, has been sworn in as the thirteenth chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
Ending ten days of political stalemate, Edappadi K Palaniswami, the man Friday of V K Sasikala, has been sworn in as the thirteenth chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu’s acting governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to 63-year-old Palaniswami, as the head of a 31-member Cabinet at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan. Palaniswami is the third AIADMK leader to be sworn-in as chief minister in last nine months.
AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa had powered the party to a successive term in office in the state in the May, 2016 Assembly polls. Changing the political contours of the state, she fell sick in September and after battling for life for 74 days she passed away on December 5 .
Hours after her death on December 5, Panneerselvam, who had filled in for Jayalalithaa twice in the past when she had to go to jail in corruption cases, was sworn-in as CM.
Panneerselvam later stepped down, paving the way for Sasikala, who was already chosen AIADMK general secretary, to be elected its legislature party leader on February 5.
Unleashing a political storm, the usually reticent confident of Jayalalithaa rose in rebellion against Sasikala two days later, claiming he was coerced into resigning. He even expressed willingness to become chief minister again if the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK workers so desired.
His belligerence plunged the state into a political crisis. Amid the face off with Panneerselvam, Sasikala met governor Rao on February 9 and staked claim to form the government. In spite of criticism from several quarters, Rao preferred to wait and watch as the political tug-of-war played out between the rival AIADMK factions.
He stood vindicated when Sasikala and two members of her family were convicted and their sentences restored by the Supreme Court in a disproportionate assets case on February 14.