Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Thursday appointed Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K Palaniswami as the new chief minister of the state.
Here are 10 things you need to know about Tamil Nadu’s new chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami:
1. The senior All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader was born March 2, 1954 in a farmer family from the dominant Gounder caste at Edapadi in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.
2. Edappadi Palanisamy, 62, fought and won his first assembly election from Edapadi constituency in 1989.
3. Ever since, he won the polls to the state assembly from the same constituency thrice again – in 1991, 2011 and 2016.
4. He was a loyalist of former Tamil Nadu chief minister late J Jayalalithaa since 1980s when AIADMK was split into two factions.
5. Post J Jayalalithaa’s demise on Dec 5, 2016, Edappadi K Palaniswami stood firmly by Amma’s close aide and present AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala to support her candidature as the new chief minister.
6. However, after Sasikala was sentenced to four years in jail in a disproportionate asset (DA) case. Before leaving for the Central Jail in Bengaluru, she named Edappadi K. Palaniswami as her successor.
8. Post his 2016 assembly election win, Jayalalithaa allotted him the Public Works Department (PWD) portfolio along with the existing ones he was handling.
9. Edappadi K. Palaniswami is given credit for successfully bringing important irrigation projects for farmers in his constituency.
10. He is known for his efficient communication with the grassroots level.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.