Tamil Nadu’s new chief minister breaks down while taking oaths

Tamil Nadu’s new chief minister breaks down while taking oaths

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Sep, 2014 | 6:42 pm

Tamil Nadu’s O. Panneerselvam and other members of AIADMK on Monday broke down during the oath-taking ceremony in which the former TN finance minister succeeded the jailed J. Jayalalithaa, who Saturday began serving a four-year prison sentence for corruption.

Panneerselvam was elected the leader of the AIADMK legislature party on Sunday evening.

Twenty nine ministers in AIADMK’s government were also sworn in again as ministers.Panneerselvam, who once ran a tea stall, once become the chief minister in similar circumstances in 2001 and held the post until Jayalalithaa bounced back.

The unanimous decision on Panneerselvam came hours after he and a few AIADMK leaders met Jayalalithaa at the Bangalore Central Jail and she told them to elect a new leader quickly to “assuage the hurt feelings” of the thousands of party cadres in Tamil Nadu following her jailing.

Earlier in the day, Jayalalithaa filed a criminal revision petition in the Karnataka High Court here, seeking suspension of the four-year jail sentence and bail in the corruption case.



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