Tears flow freely as Jayalalithaa loyalist Panneerselvam steps into her shoes

He was sworn in by State Governor K Rosaiah at a ceremony attended by 32 ministers and other party dignitaries.

By: Express News Service | Updated: September 30, 2014 8:04 am
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam gets emotional while taking oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in absence of jailed party chief J Jayalalithaa at Raj Bhavan, Chennai on Monday. AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam gets emotional while taking oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in absence of jailed party chief J Jayalalithaa at Raj Bhavan, Chennai on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Jayalalithaa loyalist O Panneerselvam was on Monday sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, succeeding his party supremo two days after her conviction in an illegal assets case.

Two days after J Jayalalithaa was convicted in a disproportionate assets case, a tearful O Panneerselvam, a loyalist of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister, was sworn-in as her successor at Raj Bhavan on Monday.

Panneerselvam was unanimously elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party Sunday. The 63-year-old has taken over as CM for the second time — his first term, which lasted six months, was in September 2001 after Jayalalithaa had to step down following a Supreme Court direction in the Tansi land deal case.

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As Governor K Rosaiah administered the oath to Panneerselvam, the new CM could be seen wiping his eyes. The swearing-in ceremony, for which the media and the opposition parties were not invited, witnessed emotional scenes as several MLAs broke down, people present at the venue said.

Along with Panneerselvam, 30 ministers took oath on Monday. Panneerselvam will be holding key portfolios including home, finance and public works departments.

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“It was a mournful swearing-in ceremony. When Amma is behind bars, nobody expects us to celebrate,” said an party MLA. After the ceremony, the governor could be seen comforting Panneerselvam.

Those who know the new chief minister describe him as a god-fearing man who prays almost every day. Though he was labelled a rubber stamp CM in 2001, he is known for his patience and friendly behaviour towards MLAs from his own parts, as well as the opposition.

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His first political stint was as a municipal ward secretary. He later contested and won the post of municipality chairman in 1996. When Panneerselvam was elected as CM in 2001, it was his first term in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Hailing from Periyakulam near Theni in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, he is the eldest among three sisters and two brothers.

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    Nikhil
    Sep 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm
    I feel sorry for the people of TN that they are governed by such pathetic, spineless sycophants.Hope you will have better leaders some day.
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    IndianWellWisher
    Sep 30, 2014 at 2:37 am
    Tears for whom? All the money she looted - deprived millions of their honest earnings and livelihoods. You should know when to cry.
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    khodsal
    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    This is sarcastic comment, which is not required
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    ADMK Rocks
    Sep 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    Very true. This case ran for 18 years and by the same yard and so wait 15 more years for 2G case to complete. 68 crores = 18 years & 130 adjournments. 1.75 L Cr = ?? :P
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    mukheeth
    Sep 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    Almighty will save all those in need irrespective of their faith
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    Antany Peter
    Sep 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    I believe that Jayalalithaa's arrest is more than a corruption case. She has filed two cases against the BJP Chairman Subramanian Swamy for his policy on Sri Lanka. She also has been voicing to take tough action on the Sri Lankan Navy for attacking Tamil Nadu fishermen. The BJP wants a soft policy to counterattack China's influence on Sri Lanka. But the truth is the Raaksas will lean more towards China the more BJP leans towards the Raaksas. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know what will happen if you are nice to war criminals. This is far worse than creating Tamil arms groups to undermine Tamils, and also keep Sri Lanka under the wing of India. In Indian politics Jayalalithaa is the first serving Chief Minister to be convicted and disqualified as a legislator. This landmark corruption case and punishments creates many questions than answers about the future of Tamil Nadu's politics. Following the amendment of the Representation of the People's Act in 2001 ruling, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa cannot contest an election for the next six years from her date of release, leaving her in political exile for the next 10 years. The main opposition, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), is mired in family scandals, scams and corruption issues of its own. A systematic power vacuum in Tamil Nadu will enable the BJP to influence, and break the traditional DMK and AIADMK dominant. This is a huge loss for Tamils and their pride. The DMK and the AIADMK leaders once again let down the Tamils. This is one of the darkest chapter in the history of Tamils.
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    Arun K
    Oct 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm
    She is way better than all the other politicians in India. Those politicians who propose of creating brighter India has burnt several families alive. Many have written their history in blood of poor people. To understand this you should know the history of politicians in Tamilnadu and India. Expecting the return of legend.
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    ahett
    Sep 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    Anyone bawling in shame that Amma has brought upon the party, people of TamilNadu and India in general ? If the remaining Amma's (Sonia hi, Mamta Banerjee..) get arrested and sentenced, their sycophants could quickly bawl their eyes out and we could all move on, please ....
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