Tahlka News Desk
Chennai: V K Sasikala elected Edappadi K Palanisamy as AIADMK legislative head after the Supreme Court upheld Sasikala over disproportionate case. Edappadi K Palanisamy 57who is Minister of the Public Works Department. He has written to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao asking for the chance to prove his majority in the legislature if successful, he would become Chief Minister. Ms Sasikala was hoping to take that job for herself, but the Supreme Court today sentenced her to four years in prison. This bars her from contesting an election for 10 years, which puts her public career on ice.
Mr Palanisamy is competing for Chief Minister with O Panneerselvam ("OPS", who was expelled today by the AIADMK at a meeting of about 120 legislators in a resort near Chennai.
Mr Palaniswamy, whose loyalty to Ms Sasikala was one of his chief qualifications for his promotion, is a five-time member of the Tamil Nadu legislature; his stronghold is the Salem district.
He joined the AIADMK as a student leader and has held many important portfolios in the party and the government.
Ms Sasikala and Mr Panneerselvam are both from the Thevar community, one of the state's dominant castes, especially in the South. This had caused some concern among the AIADMK. Mr Palanisamy is from the Gounder community dominant in the western part of the state.
Ms Sasikala was reportedly keen to appoint him the Chief Minister after Ms Jayalalithaa died, but eventually went with Mr Panneerselvam.