O Panneerselvam sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM

After Ms Jayalalithaa was hospitalised in September, Panneerselvam was given charge of the eight ministries she personally supervised and he also chaired cabinet meetings

O Panneerselvam sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM

Following the death of AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa late last night, O Panneerselvam her close aide, was sworn in as Tamil Nadu's new Chief Minister.

According to reports, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Tamil Nadu's new Chief Minister at the state Governor's residence at 1 am on Tuesday in the presence of party lawmakers.  Panneerselvam, a staunch Jayalalithaa loyalist, had earlier stood in twice as chief minister when she had to step down.


After Ms Jayalalithaa was hospitalised in September, Panneerselvam was given charge of the eight ministries she personally supervised and he also chaired cabinet meetings. Earlier in the day, Panneerselvam was elected as the leader of AIADMK legislature party at a meeting held at party headquarters, The New Indian Express reported.

Jayalalithaa breathed her last on 11:30 pm on Monday, Apollo Hospital Chennai announced in a bulletin. She had been undergoing treatment there since September 22. The 68-year-old leader suffered the cardiac arrest hours after AIADMK said that Jayalalithaa will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team confirmed she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation.

Jayalalithaa’s remains will be first taken to her official residence at Poes Garden. It will later be taken to Rajaji hall for people to pay homage.

Three-day holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu following the death of Chief Minister Jayalalitha, officials announced. The state has later declared a 7-day mourning beginning December 6.