After Jayalalithaa's Panneerselvam, Palanisamy is Sasikala's proxy

When Palanisamy, a Sasikala loyalist, emerges as a �CM choice� in the absence of Sasikala aka Chinnamma, it marks the repetition of �AIADMK tradition� in Tamil Nadu

After Jayalalithaa

After the months-long drama in Tamil Nadu politics, Edappadi K Palanisamy, a prominent leader in the AIADMK and PWD minister in the Tamil Nadu cabinet, has come out of the shadows to become the legislative leader of the party now.

Soon after the Supreme Court’s verdict over disproportionate assets case, which put the political career of AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala into hold, Sasikala appointed Palanisamy as legislature leader after expelling caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam from the party.


Palanisamy is from Salem district which is in Western Tamil Nadu, a Gounder-dominated area. It is not known what the foremost Gounder leader in the AIADMK, M. Thambidurai, the party's Delhi expert, had to say about the choice of Palanisamy.

When Palanisamy, a Sasikala loyalist, emerges as a “CM choice” in the absence of Sasikala aka Chinnamma, it marks the repetition of “AIADMK tradition” in Tamil Nadu.

Panneerselvam, a staunch loyalist of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, has earlier assumed the TN CM’s office as a substitute to Jayalalithaa. He served in the capacity twice when Jayalalithaa was forced to resign by court in 2001 and 2015, while he was sworn in last year for a third time as the CM after the death of Jayalalithaa.

Palanisamy, who comes into the scene benefiting from the tussle between Sasikala and Panneerselvam, is now putting “Sasikala’s Panneerselvam.”

Reports earlier said that the names of Panneerselvam and Palanisamy had come up to replace former chief minister Jayalalithaa when she was hospitalised, but the latter got the nod.

Palanisamy is currently the PWD minister and also holds the charge for highways and minor ports.