Edappaddi Palaniswamy to face heat from Election Commission of India?

Even as the AIADMK celebrates a victory for the Sasikala faction with Edapaddi Palaniswamy’s appointment as new Chief Minister, they’ve been dealt another blow.

The Election Commission will today hear a petition by the rebel O Panneerselvam camp challenging VK Sasikala’s appointment as the AIADMK’s general secretary.

AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan will represent the OPS camp at the hearing which is scheduled for 3.00 PM. The hearing will determine whether Sasikala continues as the AIADMK’s general secretary or whether she’ll be removed from the post.

If removed from the post by the Election Commission, Sasikala’s decision to expel Panneerselvam from AIADMK will stand null and void.  

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has invited Edapaddi Palaniswamy to take oath as the chief minister. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place later today.

The Governor has given Palaniswamy 15 days time to prove majority in the 234-seat Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Palaniswamy’s supporters claimed on Wednesday night that he had the backing of 124 of the 135 party legislators as opposed to acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.