Who is E Palanisamy? Sasikala loyalist, will he win the trust vote?

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New Delhi | Updated: February 18, 2017 11:19:13 AM

Thiru. Edappadi K. Palanisami loyalist of Sasikala was today appointed the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

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Thiru. Edappadi K. Palanisami loyalist of Sasikala was today appointed the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. In fast-paced developments in Tamil Nadu politics, governor Rao called upon him to form government. Within two days of SC convicting Sasikala and her appointing her loyalist as the Legislature Party Leader following, the governor has decided to make Palanisamy the chief minister. He has held several positions in Jayalalithaa’s tenure as the chief minister. He belongs to Salem district in Tamil Nadu. Till recently, in Jayalalithaa’s cabinet, he held the position of minister for Highways, minor ports and forests. He was born on March 2, 1954 at Andhiyur. He did B. Sc and his political career started in 1989 when he became a member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. Later he became Member of Parliament between 1998-1999, chairman .Former chairman, Salem Dairy. He was retained in 2016, both by Jayalalithaa and later by her successor Panneerselvam, who has since raised a banner of revolt against Sasikala for allegedly forcing him to step down from chief ministership.

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His election came at an emergency meeting called by Sasikala at a resort on Tuesday within hours of the Supreme Court upholding a Bengaluru trial court order convicting her in the disproportionate assets case, dealing a body blow to her hopes of becoming the Chief Minister.

Minutes after the apex court delivered the verdict, Sasikala went into a huddle with her MLAs to decide on the future course of action. Security has been strengthened across the state after the verdict. Police presence has been stepped up at the resort here, about 80 kms from Chennai, where MLAs supporting her are housed since the past few days. Sasikala herself stayed overnight at the resort.

The apex court on Tuesday quashed the Karnataka High Court verdict that had acquitted Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case and asked her to surrender herself forthwith. Sasikala was elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader on February 5, paving the way for her becoming Chief Minister. Two days later, Pannerselvam rebelled against her.

Sasikala on Tuesday sacked Panneerselvam, who has been continuing as caretaker Chief Minister, from the AIADMK’s primary membership.

Palaniswami asserted he has been chosen “unanimously” by party legislators. The meeting to elect the new legislature party leader was chaired by Sasikala.


“I have sent a letter to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao staking claim to form government. After Governor invites me, I will give him the official paper of my election signed by the legislators,” Palaniswami said. The AIADMK leader was speaking to reporters at the resort.

Palaniswami said he was elected unanimously and that party treasurer and Forests Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan announced his unanimous election as Legislature party leader.

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