New Tamil Nadu govt sworn-in is anti-people: Panneerselvam

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 09:06 hrs
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Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday expressed immense dissatisfaction over the present political scenario in the state, dubbing the present state government as anti-people.

"The Tamil Nadu government sworn-in today is anti people," said Panneerselvam after visiting former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's memorial at Chennai's Marina Beach.

Expressing resentment against the present government formed, Panneerselvam said they will take out rallies in various constituencies to bring to people's knowledge the actual situation.

"We will take out rallies and campaigns in various constituencies to make people aware of the situation," he said.

"We have taken a 'shapath' at Amma's memorial to make people aware of the situation in the party and ways to bring the party out of it," he added.

"A government that is not liked by the people has come to power. This government will be thrown out soon."

He urged party legislators to take a decision as per their conscience during the confidence vote on Saturday.

Edappadi K. Palanisamy earlier today took oath as Tamil Nadu's 29th Chief Minister.

A total of 31 other All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs were also sworn in.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK said that Palanisamy will seek the vote of confidence on February 18.

"Vote of Confidence to be taken on 18th. #TNAssembly," the AIADMK tweeted.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao requested the Chief Minister to seek the vote of confidence in the assembly within 15 days.

The decision to this effect was conveyed to Palanisamy during his meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhavan earlier today along with party presidium chairman K A Sengottaiyan and senior ministers Dindigul C Sreenivasan and P Thangamani.

The Governor heard competing pitches last night from within the ruling party of the state over who should be the chief minister after the conviction of AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala in connection with a 19-year old disproportionate assets case.

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