Palanisamy appointed TN CM, given 15 days time to prove majority

| Updated: Feb 16, 2017 18:40 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 16 (ANI): Putting all speculations to rest, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday appointed AIADMK legislature party leader Edappadi K. Palanisamy as the Chief Minister. "Governor invites AIADMK's legislature party leader Edappadi K. Palanisamy to form government," the AIADMK tweeted. The Governor has asked Palanisamy to seek vote of confidence in 15 days, the Raj Bhawan said in a statement. Tamil Nadu Minister D. Jayakumar said the swearing-in ceremony of Palanisamy as the Chief Minister will be held later this evening. Meanwhile, AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala's supporters celebrated as they raised slogans against O. Panneerselvam, the caretaker chief minister, outside Golden Bay Resorts in Kovathur. Palanisamy, along with Tamil Nadu ministers Jayakumar, K.A. Sengottaiyan, S. P. Velumani, T. T. Dinakaran and K. P. Anbazhagan met the Governor earlier in the day. The Governor heard competing pitches last night from within the ruling party of the state over who should be the Chief Minister. The Governor first met with Palanisamy, who claimed to have the support of 125 legislators. Next up was Panneerselvam, who claimed to have the support of 11 MLAs. Setting aside on earlier Karnataka High Court order, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court earlier on Tuesday convicted AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala in connection with a 19-year old disproportionate assets case. She also will not be able to contest elections for 10 years or hold public office. The disproportionate assets case that posed a legal hurdle against Sasikala's taking over as the Chief Minister dates back to 1996. Late former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her two relatives, Ilavarasi and Sudhagaran were convicted in the case that alleged that the former chief minister owned assets far exceeding her known sources of income. (ANI)
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