Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami sworn in Tamil Nadu CM
Published: 2017-02-16 20:25:56.0 BdST Updated: 2017-02-16 20:25:56.0 BdST
K. Palaniswami, a loyalist of the now jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, on Thursday took oath as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, ending for now a bitter power struggle in the ruling party.
Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan, hours after inviting him to form a government.
Palaniswami, 63, was the first to take oath in Tamil, followed by 30 ministers in batches.
Palaniswami has retained the crucial Finance Ministry he had in the outgoing government of O. Panneerselvam, whose attempt to foil Sasikala's attempt to be the Chief Minister triggered an ugly war in the AIADMK.
A farmer by profession, Palaniswami also retained the portfolios of Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports he held in the earlier government.
A Raj Bhavan statement said senior party leaders C. Sreenivasan and K.A. Sengottaiyan have been designated as Minister for Forests and Minister for School Education and Sports and Youth Welfare.
P. Thangamani will be in charge of Electricity, Prohibition and Excise.
The other ministers are: K. Raju, S.P. Velumani, D. Jayakumar, C.Ve. Shanmugam, K.P. Anbalagan, V. Saroja, M.C. Sampath, K.C. Karuppanan, R. Kamaraj, O.S. Manian, K. Radhakrishnan, C. Vijaya Baskar, R. Doraikkannu, Kadambur Raju, R.B. Udhayakumar, N. Natarajan, K.C. Veeramani, K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji, P. Benjamin, Nilofer Kafeel, M.R. Vijayabaskar, M. Manikandan, V.M. Rajjalakshmi, G. Baskaran, S. Ramachandran, S. Valarmathi and P. Balakrishna Reddy.
Panneerselvam took charge of the government after the December 5 death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Sasikala was first elected the AIADMK General Secretary and then as the AIADMK legislature party leader to enable her to become the Chief Minister in place of Panneerselvam.
That's when Panneerselvam revolted, leading to the worst faction fighting in the AIADMK.
On Thursday, after Palaniswamy was told to form a government, a dejected Panneerselvam vowed to continue his fight to foil the AIADMK from slipping into the hands of "one family" -- an obvious reference to Sasikala.
Any unauthorised use or reproduction of bdnews24.com content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.
- Germany blocked Russian hacking attacks in 2016
- Schoolboy, two others wounded in France shooting
- Republicans pull healthcare legislation plan in major blow to Trump
- Five children among 11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey: DHA
- UN will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
- Indian woman, son found murdered in US
- Iraqi forces to deploy new tactics in Mosul, civilians flee city
- US sanctions 30 firms, individuals for aiding Iran, N Korea arms programs
- Egypt's former leader Mubarak walks free for first time in six years: lawyer
- Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan
- Army para-commandos, SWAT launch assault on militant den in Sylhet's Shibbarhi
- At least one killed, 20 injured in blast near militant den being raided by army commandos
- Army commandos end assault on militant hideout in Sylhet
- Superb Tamim, gritty Shakib fire Bangladesh to crushing win over Sri Lanka
- Donald Trump greets Abdul Hamid, Sheikh Hasina on Bangladesh’s Independence Day
- One killed in blast near Dhaka airport; police rule out 'suicide attack'
- Crocodile kills man at Barguna eco-park
- Army para-commandos, SWAT, police wait for final assault at Sylhet ‘militant den’
- Bangladesh information minister backs controversial Section 57 of ICT Act
- Mashrafe urges Mustafizur to shine against Sri Lanka in Dambulla