Palaniswami sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM amidst mayhem



The messy and chaotic affair of Tamil Nadu’s game of thrones came to a truce after swearing up of Sasikala’s loyalist E Palaniswami as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao had invited Palaniswami to form the government and has given a 15 day time period to prove his majority in the state assembly. Meanwhile, 30 cabinet ministers have already taken the oath.

The AIADMK’s new leader Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who was the Minister of Public Works, State Highways and Minor Ports, had been a staunch loyalist of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo Jayalalithaa since the time she entered active politics in the 1980s. Hailing from the rural Nedungulam village in Edappadi taluk, 62-year-old Palaniswami joined AIADMK in the 1980s. He threw came with all his backing to Jayalalithaa when the party suffered a split after the demise of founder M.G. Ramachandran in 1987. Even, he was tipped for the chief minister’s post after Jayalalithaa died but that did not happen.

After the conviction of Sasikala in disproportionate assets case, she hinted for a loyalist to the throne who could act as a regent government and Palaniswami was the righteous and trustworthy candidate for the post.

This chaos was ostensibly understood as a conspiracy led by the central government to create a ruckus within the higher HDI ranked state so that Presidential rule could be instigated.

However, this whole murky business of politics takes us back to the evening of 7 February, when O Panneerselvam headed to the Jayalalithaa memorial in a surprise move and announced his rebellion later. Panneerselvam spent a good 40 minutes at Jayalalithaa’s memorial as curious onlookers gathered around and word quickly spread amid media circles that a big story could be in the making.

When Paneerselvam broke off from Sasikala camp he found himself in reluctant position with the very little support of MLAs, he even accused Sasikala of abducting MLAs to a resort where they were isolated.

Meanwhile, the rebel group led by O Paneerselvam who was dubbed as an amicable and meek leader said “The fight has not yet ended” and there are apprehensions that could move a no-confidence motion against the newly appointed leader in the assembly.