Panneerselvam to take oath as new Tamil Nadu CM on Monday

CHENNAI: AllIndia Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) legislators on Sunday announced the name of O Paneerselvam as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after the party MLAs held a detailed discussion over the matter at party office here. According to reports he will take oath on Monday.
The announcement came a day after party supremo and CM J Jayalalithaa was convicted by a Special court which sentenced her to 4-year jail and fined Rs 100 crore in the Rs 66.65 crore illegal asset case.​ The sentencing also immediately disqualified her from being an MLA. 10653608_10203172479332921_310577210311975569_n
Trusted aide of J Jayalalithaa, O Panneerselvam, The AIADMK leaders are to meet Governor Konijeti Rosaiah soon and the swearing-in is likely to be held tomorrow.
This would be 63-year-old Mr Panneerselvam’s second term as the chief minister. In 2000, he had been handpicked by Ms Jayalalithaa when she had to step down from the top job after being convicted in the Tansi land deal case. He was in office for six months He was in office for six months, till Ms Jayalalithaa was acquitted by a higher court.
This time too, Mr Panneerselvam’s selection took place after consultations with Ms Jayalalithaa. This morning, her advisor Sheela Balakrishnan and her secretaries flew to Bangalore to meet the former chief minister in Bangalore Central Jail.:
O Panneerselvam or OPS, as he is called, belongs to the Thevar community – a key vote-bank for the party. A finance minister and number two in the Jayalalithaa cabinet, he had started life as a tea seller.
The selection of a new chief minister became necessary after Ms Jayalalithaa was indicted in an 18-year-old disproportionate case. Last year, the Supreme Court had ruled that a convicted lawmaker can’t continue as Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly and shall be disqualified from office.
But the former chief minister is to move the Karnataka High Court on Monday for bail and stay on conviction. Till Saturday, there was intense speculation that Ms Jayalalithaa was considering several names.
Her advisor Sheela Balakrishnan, who is also a former Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, former Director General of Police R Natraj, Rajya Sabha MP and former Advocate-General Navaneedakrishnan, Visalakshi Nedunchezhian, wife of the late senior leader Nedunchezhian and former Transport Minister Senthil Balaji, were suspected to be in the running.

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