E Palanisami, VK Sasikala’s loyalist and nominee for Tamil Nadu CM, has been sworn in as chief minister by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at 4,40 pm today. He now has 15 days to prove his strength in the floor of the House. The AIADMK had earlier in the day confirmed the development, claiming it to be a victory.
Palanisami was elected leader of AIADMK’s legislative party by the Sasikala faction the day the Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case.
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Here are the LIVE updates:
9:06 pm We have taken a ‘shapath’ at Amma’s memorial to make people aware of the situation in the party and ways to bring the party out of it. We will take out rallies and campaigns in various constituencies to make people aware of the situation: OPS
8:27 pm After the swearing in of Edapaddi K Palanisami as the chief minister, Panneerselvam pad visit to Jayalalithaa ‘s memorial at Marina Beach. Talking to media after that, Panneerselvam said the new Tamil Nadu government sworn-in today is anti people
7:42 pm Vote of Confidence to be taken on February 18: AIADMK
7:29 pm AIADMK MLAs head back to Kuvathur’s Golden Bay resort after Tamil Nadu cabinet and CM E. Palanisamy’s oath ceremony.
6:00 pm: Just after the swearing in ceremony, clashes erupted between the supporters of newly appointed minister C. V. Shanmugam and Panneerselvam.
4.40 pm: E Palanisami is now Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He was administered oath of office by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhawan. Thirty other MLAs were also administered oath. Most of their portfolios have been retained as during their tenure under Panneerselvam.
4.25 pm: Is Sasikala watching the swearing-in ceremony? We know that on Wednesday she had demanded a Class – 1 cell (that would include a television, non-veg food, metal cot, among other things) but was denied by the judge initially. We don’t quite know if she reapplied for it, but it’s to hard to believe that she would not be glued to a television set – at least in the prison’s common room – to see her nominee take oath as the next chief minister.
4.15 pm: While the OPS faction has moved the Election Commission against Sasikala, much will depend on what the constitution of the AIADMK party says. A similar scenario arised in the Samajwadi Party where Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav moved EC against each other, ahead of elections in Uttar Pradesh which are underway. Track what’s happening in the Uttar Pradesh campaign here.
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4.05 pm: The Hindu is reporting that a delegation of AIADMK MPs, part of the OPS camp, have met Election Commission officials in the national capital, asking them not to issue the party symbol to the Palanisami faction. They claim that the election of Sasikala as interim General Secretary of the party was illegal. They also claim that Sasikala’s appointment of her nephew Dinakaran as deputy general secretary stands illegal.
3.45 pm: Here’s is the complete list of new ministers and their portfolios. You can read more about them here.
Edappadi K. Palaniswami – Home, Finance, PWD, Irrigation, Highways, Public, Elections, Personnel
Dindigul Srinivasan – Forest
Sengottaiyan – School Education – He is the new minister. He is replacing MaFoi K. Pandiarajan.
O.S. Manian – Handlooms
Sellur Raju – Cooperation
C Vijaya Baskar – Health
D Jayakumar – Fisheries
M C Sampath – Industries
Karupannan – Environment
Thangamani – Electricity
Velumani – Municipal Administration
C.Ve Shanmugham – Law
K.P. Anbazhagan – Higher Education
Kamaraj – Food and Civil Supplies
V. Saroja – Social Welfare
K. Radhakrishnan – Housing and Urban Development
Kadambur Raju – Information and Publicity
R.B. Udhayakumar – Revenue
Natarajan – Tourism
K.C. Veeramani – Commercial Taxes
K.T. Rajendra Balaji – Milk and Dairy Development
P.Benjamin – Rural Industries
Dr Nilofer Kafeel – Labour
M.R.Vijayabhaskar – Transport
Dr. M. Manikandan – Information Technology
V.M. Rajalakshmi – Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare
G. Baskaran – Khadi and Village Industries Board
Sevvoor S. Ramachandran – Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments
S.Valarmathi – Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare
P. Balakrishna Reddy – Animal Husbandry
3.35 pm: AIADMK leaders reach Raj Bhavan for Tamil Nadu cabinet and CM-designate E. Palanisamy’s oath ceremony.
3.30 pm: Another OPS supporter has broken his silence. “Many MLAs will support only Amma’s rule and not rule of a family,” K Pandiarajan says.
3.25 pm: The Madras High Court has dismissed a habeas corpus plea seeking to trace two AIADMK MLAs, allegedly under illegal detention at the Golden Bay Resport in Koovathur. The MLAs began exiting the resort today and will head to Raj Bhawan for the swearing-in ceremony.
3.15 pm: 31 MLAs, including Palanisami, will be administered oath of office today. Here are the details.
2.00 pm: At the press conference held by OPS, supporters from his camp kept chanting that they want the CM to be the one selected by Amma (Jayalalithaa) – Pannerselvam. On his part, Panneerselvam has vowed to fight against the party ending up with the Sasikala family and has said he will continue the fight to restore Jaya-style governance. Read more about it here.
1.50 pm: MLAs who have been confined to Golden Bay Resort have reportedly begun leaving. Meanwhile, celebrations continue outside the resort. News agency ANI reports that AIADMK workers and supporters have distributed payassam (a sweet dish) following the green signal to Palanisami, inviting him to form government. If you’re more interested in payassam, here’s a recipe you could follow.
1.45 pm: In his first reaction following Governor Rao inviting Palanisami to form government, Panneerselvam has said: “we will not let AIADMK go into the hands of (a few of) Sasikala’s family members.”
1.05 pm: M Thambidurai, AIADMK leader and deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha says “the party is not divided as there are no factions. “Only O Panneerselvam is apart, and his question shouldn’t arise because he isn’t a party member. Except for Panneerselvam, all 134 MLAs are with us. I’ve learnt swearing in will be around 4-4.30 pm.”
12.50 pm: Reports coming in that Palanisami may not wait that long to prove majority in the House. He reportedly told the Governor that he is ready to prove his majority immediately. This could well mean that minutes after swearing-in, he could parade his MLAs before the Governor and thereby prove his majority. But the wording of the statement says that he has to “see the vote of confidence of the assembly within fifteen days”.
12.40 pm: So we have the first reaction from the O Panneerselvam camp. AIADMK MP V Maitreyan is likely to meet Election Commission officials in New Delhi at 2.45 pm today. Is he hopeful of the EC ordering some form of a stay?
12. 33 pm: Here’s yet another poll for you to take!
12. 30 pm: Not just at Raj Bhawan, celebrations have also begun outside Golden Bay resort, the temporary headquarters of the Sasikala camp. Supporters of the faction have gathered and are raising slogans against O Panneerselvam.
12.25 pm: Celebrations break out outside Raj Bhawan in Chennai. The Sasikala camp is confident of winning the trust vote. But don’t forget, OPS has 15 days to speak to MLAs that are currently locked in at the Golden Bay resort.
12.20 pm: The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place at 4 pm today, but we are still awaiting an official confirmation from Raj Bhawan. In any case, this could we bring an end to the political turmoil that Tamil Nadu has seen for the last few weeks.
12.10 pm: BREAKING – Tamil Nadu Governor invites Edappadi K Palanisami of Sasikala faction to form government, he has 15 days time to prove majority.
12.00 pm: While we wait for Palanisami to emerge out of his meeting with Governor Rao and address a press conference, here’s a quick poll you could take.
11.55 am: “We have 124 MLAs. They [Mr. Panneerselvam’s camp] have only 8 MLAs. Is 8 big or is 124? Think about it,” Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told The Hindu.
11.50 am: Reports suggest that the Governor could administer oath to Palanisami today and then give him a few days to prove his majority in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. There’s no confirmation yet on whether it will be a three-day period or a couple of weeks.
11.45 am: Can Deepa Jayakumar swing it in favour of Panneerselvam? A senior AIADMK leader told IANS: “With Deepa Jayakumar joining hands with Panneerselvam, the strength of our camp has increased manifold and there is no patch up moves.” Deepa Jayakumar, the niece of former chief minister late J Jayalalithaa, was opposed to Sasikala.
11.40 am: Nominated MP and BJP member Subramanian Swamy claims he will stop focussing on Tamil Nadu politics once Palanisami is invited to form government. In a tweet, he said: “As soon as this TN drama is over I will forget TN and go back to Ram Temple and sending some more people to jail for corruption.”
As soon as this TN drama is over I will forget TN and go back to Ram Temple and sending some more people to jail for corruption.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) February 16, 2017
11.35 am: Accompanying Palanisami are cabinet minister Jayakumar, AIADMK presidium chairman, K A Sengottaiyan, deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran, S P Velumani, and K P Anbazhagan.
11.30 am: Palanisami arrives at Raj Bhavan.
11.25 am: News agency ANI, quoting the Governor’s office, says a five-member team led by Palanisami will be meeting Vidyasagar Rao at 11.30 am.
11.20 am: How did Sasikala spend her night in Bengaluru Central Jail? Kaithi No. 9234 spent the first night sleeping on the floor of the cell. She had asked for a metal cot and a mattress among other demands. For breakfast, she had tamarind rice. Read more about it here.
11.15 am: The OPS camp maintains that they have the ‘popular support’. Panneerselvam maintains that he was forced to resign from his post, urging party MLAs to unite as he was the only one who was appointed by Jayalalithaa to take over the government in her absence. The OPS camp has about 11 MLAs and is hopeful that some more from the Sasikala camp will jump to their side once they are ‘freed’ from Golden Bay resort.
11.10 am: Much depends on what the Governor has to say at the meeting. If he invites Palanisami to form government, but first prove his majority in the House, then it will spell trouble for Panneerselvam. If the AIADMK issues a whip, then Panneerselvam is bound to vote in favour of what the party decides. Going against the party decision could result in him being suspended as an MLA.
11.05 am: As of now, Palanisami claims to have the support of 124 MLAs in the 235-member House. The strength gets reduced as former CM Jayalalithaa’s constituency has to go for a by-poll while one member is nominated.
11.00 am: Still camping at Golden Bay resort, a five-member team including E Palanisami and KA Sengottaiyan have left to meet Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhawan. Palanisami will address the media following the meeting.
10.55 am: The decision to call E Palanisami comes after a day of talks. On Wednesday, the Governor met Palanisami and Panneerselvam, with meetings lasting late into the night. He has also, reportedly, been consulting with top constitutional experts on what to do, as the situation is unprecedented. Last night’s meeting with Panneerselvam ended at 9.30 pm.
10.45 am: Victory, for now, appears to be in the Sasikala camp. A day after their leader surrendered at a Bengaluru jail, the Governor today invited E Palanisami for a meeting. No details have been made public but the AIADMK has already termed it a victory.
Here’s what the AIADMK tweeted out this morning.
Honourable Governor invites AIADMK’s legislature party leader Thiru.Edapadi K.Palanisamy.#Amma‘s Victory
— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) February 16, 2017
There have been no reactions yet from the OPS camp on Governor Rao inviting Palanisami for talks.
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