Chennai: A loyalist of the jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, K. Palaniswami today took oath as new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state, ending for now an ugly war within the ruling party.
Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Palaniswami, 63, and his team at the Raj Bhavan, only hours after inviting him to form a government.
Palaniswami took oath in Tamil, followed by 30 ministers in batches. He has to prove his majority in the assembly within 15 days.
The assembly has, however, been convened on Saturday and the Sasikala faction said it was confident of proving its majority of at least 117 legistors in the house of 234.
A legislator, V.N.Virugai Ravi told media perosns, “We have the support of 125 legislators and we will prove our majority.”
Palaniswami has retained the crucial Finance Ministry he had in the outgoing government of O. Panneerselvam, whose attempt to foil Sasikala’s bid to be the Chief Minister led to bitter fighting in the AIADMK.
A farmer by profession, Palaniswami also retained the portfolios of Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports he held in the earlier government.