OPS out! Sasikala’s choice Palaniswamy sw​orn​ in as Tamil Nadu CM; party loyalists to be rewarded

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New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 4:46:35 PM

Just when you heaved a sigh of relief and thought that ''All is well now in Tamil Nadu," there's news for you.

OPS vs EPS, O Panneerselvam vs E. Palanisamy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E. Palanisam, O Panneerselvam, Caretaker CM O Panneerselvam, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Tamil Nadu, C Vidyasagar Rao, VK SasikalaTamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy. (ANI)

Just when you heaved a sigh of relief and thought that ”All is well now in Tamil Nadu,” there’s news for you. Even as Sasikala-backed CM candidate Palaniswamy is set to swear in today, O Panneerselvam vowed to fight this move and has even come out saying, “We will not let Sasikala’s family members take charge of the party, we will fight this – our Dharma Yudham (the fight for Dharma) will continue.”

Even as you are reading this, AIADMK members have begun to arrive at Raj Bhavan for Palanisamy’s oath-taking ceremony. A list of those who will be taking oath at 4.30 PM has already been shared. Most of the AIADMK ministers have been retained and Palanisamy has sent out feelers that loyalists will be rewarded. However, OPS has vowed that he will fight for justice.

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Palanisami – who has been a long time loyalist of Jayalalithaa and now Sasikala – was chosen by Chinnamma just after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict against her. Born in Salem and coming from the Gounder community, the 62-year-old AIADMK leader is set to take charge as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The Gounders are an influential community in the state and they continue to maintain solid footprints in the state’s flourishing business, trade and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Sasikala, on the other hand, belongs to the Thevar community.

(Source: ANI/twitter)(Source: ANI/twitter)

In the AIADMK-led government’s cabinet, Palanisami holds the third rank, after OPS and the Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan. However, as a long-time party loyalist, he enjoyed more clout and quickly fell into the No 2 slot in the party’s hierarchy.

Palanisami will now take charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, 30 Ministers are to be sworn in with him. As per TV reports, 19 portfolios will be retained by Palanisami. Following this, EPS has 15 days to prove majority.

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