All you need to know about new AIADMK chief Edappadi K Palanisamy

Sasikala, who was elected General Secretary of AIADMK following the death of Jayalalithaa in December 2016, was elected leader of the legislature party on February 5. According to this judgement, all the three convicts will have to spend four years in jail and pay a fine of Rs.10 crores per head. One week earlier, caretaker chief minister sat on meditation and broke his silence against VK Sasikala at Jayalalithaa samadhi at Marina Beach on February 7.

She, however, returned as the chief minister after Karnataka High Court on May 11, 2015 acquitted her and the others in the case. She also sacked Panneerselvam and 19 other leaders from AIADMK's primary membership as well. Senior AIADMK MP Thambidurai, a Sasikala loyalist, said they will appeal against the verdict. While announcing the order, the apex court said that the leader must serve her remaining jail term. However, Sasikala's legal team is looking at options to delay her surrender and is likely to move the apex court on Wednesday seeking time on health grounds.

Today, as OPS's political rival Sasikala is disqualified from holding public office, the chief minister is still not out of the woods. Jayalalithaa too was an accused in the case of disproportionate assets. When asked about if this is her official entry into Tamil Nadu politics, Deepa Jayakumar said, "Yes, it is".

The party announced that Mr Palanisamy had sent a letter to the governor with the signatures of the AIADMK legislators supporting him.

Palaniswami greeted the governor with a bouquet.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi says floor test will be conducted by the weekend and secret ballot will be entirely speaker's discretion. "Even now she has done the same thing", said a statement issued by the Sasikala camp after her conviction. The idea of having a memorial in memory of the late chief minister was also quashed. The Governor will take decision based on situation.

He is presently serving as Minister for Highways & Minor Ports in the Government of Tamil Nadu.

  • Ernesto Newman