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Edappadi K Palaniswami Appointed as the New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

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The Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister of the state on February 16, 2017. His appointment is in acceptance of the letter submitted by Palaniswami on February 14, 2017 that he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party at a meeting of the party MLAs.

  • The Governor has invited him to form the ministry at the earliest as well as requested him to seek the vote confidence of the assembly within 15 days.
  • He was elected as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party on February 14, 2016 after incumbent V. K. Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in the 20-year old disproportionate assets case.
  • His appointment marks an end to the 10-day political uncertainty in the state which began with caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s revolt against the AIADMK general secretary.
  • Edappadi K. Palanisamy takes over as Tamil Nadu’s 13th chief minister.

Oath taking Ceremony

Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to 63-year-old Palaniswami at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan on February 16, 2017. Palaniswami took oath first followed by 30 ministers in four batches.

  • Since the AIADMK won the assembly election in May 2016, this is the third ministry in the last 10 months.
  • The Palaniswami’s cabinet has only one new member, K A Sengottaiyan, Party presidium chairman and he will replace K Pandiarajan who was the schools education minister in the Panneerselvam cabinet.
  • Remaining other ministers has retained the same portfolio.

List of Cabinet Minister in Palanisamy Government

  Name Ministry
1 C Sreenivasan Forests
2 Sellur K Raju Cooperation
3 P Thangamani Electricity, Prohibition And Excise
4 S P Velumani Municipal Administration
5 D Jayakumar Fisheries
6 C Ve Shanmugam Law, Court And Prisons
7 K P Anbazhagan Higher Education
8 V Saroja Social Welfare
9 M C Sampath Industries
10 K C Karuppanan Environment
11 R Kamaraj Food And Civil Supplies
12 O S Manian Handlooms And Textiles
13 K Radhakrishnan Housing And Urban Development
14 C Vijaya Baskar Health And Family Welfare
15 R Doraikkannu Agriculture
16 Kadambur Raju Information And Publicity
17 R B Udhyakumar Revenue
18 N Natarjan Tourism
19 K C Veeramani Commercial Taxes
20 K T Rajenthra Bhalaji Milk And Dairy Development
21  P Benjamin Rural Industries
22 Nilofer Kafeel Labour
23 M R Vijayabaskar Transport
24 M Manikandan Information And Technology
25 V M Rajalakshmi Adi Dravidar And Tribal Welfare
26 G Baskaran Khadi And Village Industries Board
27 S Ramachandran Hindu Religious And Charitable Endowments
28 S Valarmathi Backward Classes And Minorities Welfare
29 P Balakrishna Reddy Animal Husbandry
30 K A Sengottaiyan Education Minister

Political Crisis in Tamil Nadu

O Panneerselvam was appointed as the Chief Minister within hours of death of AIDMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. Later on February 5, 2017 Panneerselvam stepped down paving the way for Sasikala to be elected its legislature party leader who was already chosen AIADMK general secretary.

  • However, he rose in rebellion against Sasikala two days later claiming he was forced for resigning. He even expressed willingness to become Chief Minister again if the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK workers so desired.
  • This led to political crisis in the state and in between all these Sasikala met Governor Rao on February 9 and claimed to form the government.Tamil Nadu CM
  • However, on February 14, 2017, Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in a disproportionate assets case rendering her ineligible for contesting elections for 10 years.
  • Sasikala finally proposed the name of her loyalist Edappadi K. Palanisamy elected AIADMK legislature party leader

About Edappadi K Palaniswami

Palaniswami was born into an agriculture family and began his political career in the AIADMK in 1974 as an ordinary party member.

  • He later became a local level party secretary for Siluvampalayam in Edappadi Panchayat Union in Salem district.
  • After the splitting of AIADMK into two factions where one was led by Jayalalithaa and the other by party founder M G Ramachandran’s wife Janaki, Palaniswami proved a loyal to Jayalalithaa
  • In 1990 Jayalalithaa unified the AIADMK and he was elevated as the joint secretary of the Salem North District.Palanisamy has won the election to the state assembly four times, in 1989, 1991, 2011 and 2016 from the Edapadi constituency.
  • He previously served as Minister for Highways & Minor Ports in the Jayalalithaa and O. Panneerselvam-led ministries of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • He has held various party posts including propaganda secretary, organisation secretary, and disciplinary committee member.
  • He also holds the posts of party headquarters secretary and Salem Rural District party secretary.