Tamil Nadu political crisis: 30 members of the O Panneerselvam cabinet retained by E Palaniswamy

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New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 5:53:01 PM

The top 9 minister along with CM E Palaniswamy took oath today in the presence of the Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.

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 SasikalaMembers of the Tamil Nadu cabinet at the swearing in ceremony. (ANI)

OPS vs EPS: Sasikala loyalist E Palaniswamy was invited to the Raj Bhavan by Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao, after which he submitted his cabinet list containing the names of 31 ministers to the governor. All the 31 minister along with E Palaniswamy took oath in the presence of the Rao. The 30 members of O Panneerselvam Cabinet have been retained by the E Palaniswamy and have sworn in along with the CM.

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 SasikalaCabinet photo of Tamil Nadu along with Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. (ANI)

Earlier today, a plea was filed in the Madras High Court to block the swearing in ceremony of Palaniswamy.

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Who is E Palaniswamy?

E. Palaniswamy is Science graduate and he entered the AIADMK party in 1987, when the party had split into two after the death of M G Ramachandran. One-half of the party was led by MGR’s wife Janaki and the other by late Jayalalithaa. In the year 1990, Jayalalitha was elevated as the Salem North District joint secretary after the unification of AIADMK.

In 1989, 1991, 2011 and 2016 Assembly polls, he won from the Edappadi constituency. When AIADMK was routed in the 1996 Assembly polls, he too lost from Edappadi. Since 2011, he has been Minister for Highways and Minor Ports and was among senior ministers who had proximity to Jayalalithaa. Before he became the CM of Tamil Nadu, he was the party headquarters secretary and Salem Rural District party secretary.

Inputs from agency.

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