When the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment giving 4 year imprisonment to Sasikala, among others, news channels started to flash a tag line that O Paneerselvan has got a sort of lottery. But, democracy doesn’t work that way. Public support (which is obviously there for OPS) counts only during the election. After that, it is the support of people’s representatives in the Assembly that counts. It is here that OPS seems to have lost the battle. Sasikala successfully managed to keep majority of MLAs with her and projected Edapaddi K. Palaniswami as the leader of Legislative Assembly. And, hence, K. Palaniswami is going to become the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Obviously, the Valentine Day gift from SC was not for OPS, but that was for Palaniswami.
Profile of K. Palaniswami
Palaniswami was born on 1st January, 1970 in Salem district. His father V. Karruppa Gounder was a marginal farmer.
Palaniswami is the sitting MLA from Edapaddi Assembly Constituency. He had first won this seat in 1989 and retained it since then, saving in 2006 when V. Kavery defeated him.
Palaniswami was also a close confidante of J. Jayalalitha. He was first inducted into the cabinet in 2011 and was holding important portfolio since then. People have appreciated his work as a Minister for Highways and Minor Ports – a very important portfolio for a coastal state like Tamil Nadu.
Palaniswami is considered a powerful politician of Salem district.
It should be noted that Palaniswami had declared an asset worth more than Rs. 7 Crores in the last election. And, the basic profession he has declared is that of agriculture.
Wife and Family of K. Palaniswami
Palaniswami is married and living with family in Chennai. His wife name is P. Radha whose profession has also been declared as an agriculturalist in the election nomination paper.