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Feb 16, 2017 07:31 PM IST | Source:

Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami invited to form TN government

Edapaddi K Palaniswami is set to be sworn in as the new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Thursday evening.

Moneycontrol Bureau

The AIADMK tweeted on Thursday that the state governor had invited its legislature party leader Edapaddi K Palaniswami to form the government in Tamil Nadu, potentially ending a fortnight-long tussle for the chief minister's chair.

Palaniswami, who had conveyed to Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Wednesday that he has the support of 124 MLAs - seven more than required - will be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of the state, possibly on Thursday evening.

The Governor has given Palaniswami a 15-day grace period to prove his majority, after which he will have to go for a floor test in the Assembly.

Palaniswami is a loyalist of AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala, who was bidding to become Chief Minister before her conviction in a corruption case ruled her out of the race. She surrendered at a Bengaluru jail on Wednesday to serve a four-year sentence.

Soon after her conviction, Sasikala expelled her rival and caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam from the party. But Panneerselvam and his loyalists called the move illegal and had met the Governor over the past two days to stake their claim for retaining the post.

Panneerselvam does not have the explicit support of a very large number of MLAs; he has been insisting he would prove majority on the floor of the House if asked to do so.

On Monday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had advised the Governor to convene a special session of the Legislative Assembly within a week for holding a composite floor test.
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