New Tamil Nadu CM Palanisamy visits Jayalalithaa memorial, to face floor test on Feb 18

The new TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami will be heading a 31-member Ministry, retaining all members of outgoing Cabinet except OPS and Ma Foi Pandiarajan.

New Tamil Nadu CM Palanisamy visits Jayalalithaa memorial, to face floor test on Feb 18

Hours after taking over as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Thursday, Edapaddi K Palanisamy, along with other ministers, visited the memorial of J Jayalalithaa at Marina beach.




A day after AIADMK’s VK Sasikala surrendered in Bengaluru jail over a corruption case, TN Governor C Vidhyasagar Rao had invited Palanisamy to form the government in the state, asking to prove the majority in 15 days.

Tamil Nadu Assembly is expected to convene on 18th February 2017, setting stage for the vote of confidence.



The new TN CM Edappadi Palanisamy will be heading a 31-member Ministry, retaining all members of outgoing Cabinet except OPS and Ma Foi Pandiarajan.

“I wish to say that Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) government will continue by me proving majority in the Assembly,” Palanisamy was quoted as saying earlier.

The fight for the CM post was between Sasikala’s pick, Edapaddi K Palanisami, and caretaker CM O Panneerselvam. On Wednesday night, Governor Rao had heard competing pitches within the ruling AIADMK, first meeting Palanisamy, who claimed the support of 124 state legislators or MLAs. Next up was O Panneerselvam, currently acting Chief Minister, who says he has 11 MLAs.

In a 234 legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu, AIADMK has 134 legislators, majority of which are in support of Sasikala, who is now serving the jail term of 4 years in Bengaluru jail. With the conviction, she was knocked off of the aspirations to be CM, following her close relationship with Jayalalithaa with whom she lived for over three decades.

However, after being convicted she chose Palanisamy as the AIADMK’s Chief Minister face and also re-inducted her once-ousted-family-members.