While the last ten days or so a huge political drama unfolded in Chennai between Sasikala Natarajan and O Panneerselvam for the TN CM post, one man Edappadi K Palanisamy out of nowhere grabbed it out of nowhere.
Today, the 63-year-old Edappadi K Palanisamy was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a state which has been on the boil since charismatic leader and CM Jayalalithaa was hospitalized and later declared dead following a cardiac arrest. Besides, there were different issues that crippled the state in the recent times.
Putting a temporary end to the political turmoil, Edappadi K Palanisamy was given the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Along with Edappadi K Palanisamy, 31 AIADMK leaders were sworn in as cabinet ministers in the Raj Bhavan swearing in ceremony.
Edappadi K Palanisamy happens to be the third CM to be sworn in from the AIADMK camp after the late Jayalalithaa and O Panneerselvam following the party’s thumping win in the 2016 assembly elections.
Palanisamy, a loyalist of Sasikala Natarajan was invited to form the government by the Governor after he showed the support of 124 MLAs.
However, the game may not be over yet as Edappadi K Palanisamy has 15 days time to prove his majority in the Tamil Nadu Assembly which comprises 234 members. The numbers could change by then if the opposition party DMK or former CM O Panneerselvam decide to make an attempt to topple the new government.
Meanwhile, Sasikala Natarajan did manage to reinduct her nephew Dinakaran into the party, virtually giving him the party control before heading to the Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bengaluru. Dinakaran, for the record, was expelled by Jayalalitha five years ago.