Who is Edappadi Palanisamy, and why is he trending on Twitter? An hour after VK Sasikala was found guilty by the Supreme Court for corruption and ordered to serve a four-year term in jail, the minister took an important decision for her party — the AIADMK, which governs Tamil Nadu. Naming a new leader for the party, she picked loyalist Edappadi K Palanisamy, 57, who was the minister of the public works department.
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To keep her rival, O Panneerselvam, at bay, she chose Palanisamy while the former was expelled by the AIADMK at a meeting of about 120 legislators in a resort near Chennai.
As the public works department minister switched his position to the new chief of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party, people all across India went on a spree to search him on Google. What seemed to be the most bizarre thing was that not just his name and pictures, but his caste was also among the most searched terms on Google.
Why was he picked by Sasikala for the top slot? Well, reports suggest that the third-time MLA from Edappadi in the Kongu region was favoured by both Amma and Chinnamma.
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Once he started trending on Twitter, Twitterati doled out hilarious tweets to answer the question that everyone is asking, “Who is Edappadi Palanisamy?” Read the tweets and go ROFL-ing!
Names like Edappadi Palanisamy and Panneerselvam can’t be written. They can only be copy pasted ~ J K Rowling, Oxford, 2017
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) February 14, 2017
National Media : Who is Edappadi Palanisamy?
Local Media : Wait guys!! We are also searching him in google!!!
— Pavithran (@Pavithran5397) February 14, 2017
Most Searched in last half hour – Image search for ‘Edappadi Palanisamy’
— Praveen Raj (@Praveenraj_vs) February 14, 2017
When northern half of India is still struggling to pronounce, Panneerselvam (not Paneer) , take this googly “Edappadi Palanisamy”
— Giridhar (@cgiridhar) February 14, 2017
— Tanvir Sadiq (@tanvirsadiq) February 14, 2017
I am ready to give awards to all those south delhi and south mumbai kids who can memorize the name of “Edappadi Palanisamy” !
— sumit (@sumitsaurabh) February 14, 2017
— Ganes Kesari B (@kesaritweets) February 14, 2017
Is it Edappadi Palanisamy
— Fantasee ♔ (@philotweepic) February 14, 2017
Who is Edappadi Palanisamy now.. one more character. most thriller movie ever. “Tamil Nadu Dairies”. Full of suspense and Drama.
— शैलजा 🇮🇳 (@shailzarana) February 14, 2017
“Edappadi Palanisamy” pic.twitter.com/GjyynkjoZ6
— Sudhansu Nayak (@smnayak) February 14, 2017