Tamil Nadu Governor invites Edappadi Palaniswami to form government

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017,12:03 IST By joji A A A

Chennai | Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao Thursday invited AIADMK Legislative Party leader Edapaddi K Palaniswami to form a government at the earliest.

Governor invited Palaniswami after the Sasikala confidante met him with claims of majority support of AIADMK MLAs.

Palaniswami has been given 15 days’ time to prove majority. He will swear in as the new Chief Minister at 4.30 pm today, reports said.

Senior AIADMK leaders accompanied Palaniswami during the meeting with the Governor in Raj Bhavan.

AIADMK MLAs camped at a resort in Koovathoor raised pro-Sasikala slogans hailing the decision of the Governor.

Palaniswami is claiming support of 124 of the party’s 134 MLAs. Tamil Nadu has a 234-member legislative assembly.

Yesterday, acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam gave a representation to the Governor claiming “majority” support and seeking an opportunity to demonstrate it. The Panneerselvam camp has alleged AIADMK MLAs were held at a resort on Chennai’s outskirts against their wish.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who was among those who accompanied Palaniswami, claimed the group has the support of 124 MLAs.