Sasikala-backed Edappadi Palaniswami to be Tamil Nadu CM

Palaniswami invited by governor to form government

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SPECIAL WEEKEND NEWS All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Legislative Party Chief Edappadi K Palaniswami, who has the backing of the jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, will take oath as the Tamil Nadu chief minister on Thursday evening. The development comes after he was invited by the state’s acting Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to form the government. Palaniswami has been given 15 days to prove his majority.

According to media reports, the swearing-in will happen at 4.30 pm at Raj Bhavan. Palaniswami will be the 21st chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu’s MLAs and ministers have stayed away from their offices for eight days in a row due to the political crisis in the state, which has resulted in the state’s administration grinding to a halt.

The governor’s decision on the issue had been pending as the verdict in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK general secretary Sasikala, who was a claimant to the chief minister’s chair, was due to be announced by the Supreme Court. Since the apex court delivered its verdict on Tuesday, restoring Sasikala’s conviction and sentence, her hopes of occupying the top seat have been shattered.

Earlier in the day, Palaniswami’s chances of becoming the chief minister had looked bright, since he was backed by Sasikala and claimed the majority support from AIADMK MLAs.

On Wednesday, Sasikala and two of her relatives surrendered in a Bengaluru court to serve the remaining three years, 10 months and 27 days sentence in a Karnataka prison.

Before she left Chennai, Sasikala appointed her sister’s son T T V Dinakaran, who was dismissed by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, as the party’s deputy secretary. The position had been vacant for nearly 17 years.

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