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2017-02-16

Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao called upon AIADMK’s legislature party leader E Palaniswamy to form government at the earliest.

The swearing in ceremony will be held this evening and the entire new cabinet will take oath. Palaniswamy will have 15 days to prove he has majority support in the state legislature.

Governor Rao had heard competing pitches last night from Palaniswamy and Acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. Palaniswamy, handpicked by party Chief VK Sasikala, claims the support of 124 of the AIADMK’s 134 legislators.

O Panneerselvam has said he has the support of 11 legislators, but expects many more to back him once they are “free” from what he calls “captivity” at the resort near Chennai.

Sasikala has chosen her loyalist Palaniswamy in her place to ensure she keeps control of the party and government from jail. Palaniswamy will have to prove in a vote of confidence that he has the support of 117 MLAs or more in the 235 member state assembly.

Sasikala, convicted for corruption, yesterday surrendered before a trial court set up in the prison complex in Bengaluru.

Sasikala gave herself up at the Central Jail on the city’s southern outskirts with her relatives after reaching from Chennai by road.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, while holding Sasikala and two others guilty of amassing disproportionate assets, had directed Sasikala to surrender to the trial court to undergo her remaining sentence.