Jayalalithaa's aide Panneerselvam to be Tamil Nadu's next CM

06 Dec 2016 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by Sripriya Yegneswaran
O Panneerselvam: From a loyalist to TN's CM

135 AIADMK MLAs signed a statement announcing that J Jayalalithaa's trusted aide OP Panneerselvam will be her political successor.

In the past too Panneerselvam has stepped in for Jayalalithaa; in September 2001 and September 2014.

Panneerselvam occupied the Administrative reforms and the Finance portfolio in the Tamil Nadu cabinet.

In context: O Panneerselvam: From a loyalist to TN's CM

Early careerPaneerselvam: Jayalalithaa's right hand since 2001

Panneerselvam made his entry into politics in 1996 becoming the chairperson of Periyakulam municipality in the Theni district.

He fought Assembly elections in 2001 for the first time from Periyakulam, becoming the PWD minister.

Since 2001, he served as a minister in all AIADMK regimes.

He has held important portfolios like Finance and Public Works and Prohibition and Excise.

Jayalalitha loyalistJayalalithaa's most loyal supporter

OPS or O Pannerselvam has been a staunch Jayalalithaa loyalist and hence always been favoured.

Not only did he cry while taking her place in 2014, he even conducted prayers for his jailed leader at Sabarimala for her return.

When he took over as the CM in 2001 and 2014 he refused to sit on Jayalalithaa's chair.

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Some would call Panneerselvam 'too loyal'

Panneerselvam does not conduct cabinet sessions without Jayalalithaa's photograph on his desk. His car dashboard too has her photo and another is always present in his shirt pocket.

05 Dec 2016Tamil Nadu loses its beloved Amma

The Iron Lady Actress or the beloved Amma of Tamil Nadu- chief Minister Jayalalithaa died in Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.

She had been hospitalized for 73 days and died after succumbing to a cardiac arrest.

She had served 3 terms as the Tamil Nadu CM, the current being her 4th stint.

She was declared dead at 11:30 pm. She was 68.

Panneerselvam served as acting CM when Amma was hospitalized

After Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa was hospitalized in September, the governor handed Mr Panneerselvam the charge of the 8 ministries held by her and also supervised the cabinet meetings.

06 Dec 2016Jayalalithaa's aide Panneerselvam to be Tamil Nadu's next CM

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19 Dec 2016Panneerselvam wants Bharat Ratna conferred on Jayalalithaa

According to reports, Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam is going to urge the Prime Minister to confer the 'Bharat Ratna' on late CM Jayalalithaa.

Besides this, he will also hand over a letter for the installation of life size bronze statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament Complex.

These two demands were adopted in the first meeting chaired by Panneerselvam as Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister.

06 Jan 2017No Bharat Ratna for late Jayalalithaa

A public interest litigation seeking the 'Bharat Ratna', the highest civilian honour of the country, for Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister and late AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa was dismissed by Madras High Court.

Last month, at the Tamil Nadu's first cabinet meeting, a resolution to recommend Jayalalithaa for 'Bharat Ratna' was passed by the AIADMK supremo's followers.