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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2859

Panneerselvam sworn in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Chennai, 06 December, (

Two hours after the announcement of the death of former chief minister Jayalalithaa, in a swift political transition, O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan, along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.

O Panneerselvam was given oath of office by Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao soon after the news of her demise broke at 12.13 a.m. on Tuesday at the Raj Bhavan.

As Chief Minister, Panneerselvam will hold all portfolios held by Jayalalithaa including Home, besides Finance. Panneerselvam retained all members of the Jayalalithaa cabinet

The announcement of 65-year-old O Panneerselvam comes as no surprise for those keenly following Tamil Nadu politics: he is, after all, her permanent understudy.

Panneerselvam, who belongs to the Thevar community, was a son of a "poor farmer" and a "humble man, known for his modesty".

This is the fourth time in his career that he has stepped up for his leader:

First, in September 2001, where he was the interim chief minister for six months, when Jayalalithaa was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Tansi land deal case,

Second in September 2014, after a Bangalore court sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years in jail and fined Rs 100 crore in a corruption case, and third when Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital since 22 September,

Third after r she complained of fever and dehydration, and continued to remain there. But then she continued to serve as the Chief Minister.

- Asian Tribune -

Panneerselvam sworn in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
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