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    Paneerselvam is new TN Chief Minister

    September 29, 2014

    Finance Minister of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly O. Panneerselvam has been nominated to fill the vacancy created by conviction of former Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalithaa by a Special court in Bangalore, Indian media reports said.

    A news report published by The Hindu said: The swearing-in ceremony is likely on Monday. However, there is no official word on the date and time of the ceremony. He will be the 28th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu since 1920.

    The meeting of AIADMK MLAs (Members of Legislative Assmebly) on Sunday is said to have unanimously elected Panneerselvam as the party’s Legislative Party leader and Chief Minister.
    Raj Bhavan sources said the AIADMK had sought an appointment with Governor K. Rosaiah at 6 pm.

    This is the second time Mr Panneerslevam has become the Chief Minister of the state.

    PTI adds Described as “Mr Faithful”, Panneerselvam belongs to the dominant Mudukulathor community and is a trusted lieutenant of Jayalalithaa.

    The name of Panneerselvam was understood to have communicated by Jayalalithaa in the court itself after the verdict was pronounced on Saturday. She also had a long conversation with him in the court before she was lodged in Bangalore jail.

    The soft spoken and suave leader literally functioned as “interm-chief minister” for about six months and duly vacated the post after Jayalalithaa was acquitted in the case.

    Panneerselvam, who had been camping in Bangalore since Saturday when Jayalalithaa travelled there for the verdict in the disproportionate asset case, returned to the city on Sunday to take up the new responsibility as per her direction.

    Soon after his election, Paneerselvam drove to Raj Bhavan to call on Governor Rosaiah to convey the party’s decision.

    He was accompanied by Housing minister R. Vaithilingam, Electricity Minister Natham Viswanathan and Highway Minister Edappadi Palanisamy.

    The press was denied entry into Raj Bhavan.

    After the meeting with Paneerselvam, Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah invited newly elected AIADMK Legislature Party Leader to form the government.  (Special Reporter/SDF)

    Last modified on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:04

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