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Finance Minister O Panneerselvam to be sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

After a day J Jayalalitha has been sentenced to four years imprisonment, O Panneerselvam, who was the Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu, is set to sworn-in as Chief Minister on Monday.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) legislators have unanimously decided and declared Panneerselvam’s name as the new CM of the state to succeed Jayalalitha, who has been sent to jail for corruption.
The decision to elect a new CM has been taken after Panneerselvam and a few AIADMK leaders met Jayalalithaa at the Bangalore Central Jail. According to reports, Jayalalitha asked them to elect a leader to "assuage the hurt feelings" of the thousands of party cadres in the state following her jailing.
Panneerselvam had become chief minister in similar circumstances, when Jayalalitha resigned due to a court order in 2001 September, for a six-month period. During that period, a former AIADMK minister said, “He chose a vistor’s chair at Fort St. George when he was appointed as the CM in September 2001 as a stopgap arrangement.”
While Panneerselvam was unanimously elected as the Chief Minister, one of the senior MLA’s said, “He is firm and serious with us, and very loyal to Amma. He deserves it.” Many leaders have accepted that he had been loyal to Jayalalithaa since the early ‘90s.
Panneerselvam was invited by Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah to form a government and met him on Sunday. The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday at 11 am. The ceremony is likely to be a low-profile event.
Being a party card holding member since 1972, according to reports, he was the first CM from Thevar community.
However, regarding the arrest and sentence of Jayalalitha, there are protests in the state. According to reports, a senior party leader said they would file a bail petition in the Karnataka High Court on Monday. “We hope that it will be listed for hearing at least on Tuesday by a vacation bench,” he said.
Jayalalitha has been sentenced to four year imprisonment and has been fined Rs 100 crore for amassing wealth illegally while she was the chief minister during 1991-1996, by a special court in Bangalore on Saturday.
[category-Politics] [tags-Jayalalitha, Panneerselvam, Oath-taking ceremony, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, Imprisonment]

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