Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday has finally appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu state. The Governor invited Palaniswami to form the ministry as soon as possible.
The governor also requested the chief minister to seek the vote confidence of the assembly within 15 days.
"His appointment is in acceptance of the letter of submitted by Palaniswami on Tuesday that he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party at a meeting of the party MLAs held on that day," a Raj Bhavan press note said.
Rao gave his decision to Palaniswami when the latter met him at Raj Bhavan at around 11.30am, along with party praesidium chairman K A Sengottaiyan and senior ministers Dindigul C Sreenivasan and P Thangamani.
Palaniswami has said that 124 legislators are supporting him, while O Pannerselvam camp only had 10 legislators by his side.
Palaniswami was chosen as the legislature party leader by Sasikala on Tuesday, hours after Supreme Court gave verdict convicting Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case.
"His name was proposed by none other than Sasikala herself," said a senior leader.
"Palaniswami has the strong backing of Sasikala. Sasikala had preferred Edappadi to Panneerselvam to take over the reins of the government soon after Jayalalithaa's demise. But Panneerselvam won the race with the Centre's backing," sources had confirmed.
The Jayalalithaa supporter, Palaniswami was choose due to his proximity to Sasikala clan.
BY M. DIVYA SRI