New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated newly appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy.
"Spoke to Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & congratulated him on taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," the Prime Minister tweeted.
Palanisamy today took oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister along with 31 other AIADMK MLAs.
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.
Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao earlier in the day appointed AIADMK legislature party leader Palanisamy as the Chief Minister.
"Governor invites AIADMK's legislature party leader Edappadi K. Palanisamy to form government," the AIADMK tweeted.
The Governor had earlier asked Palanisamy to seek vote of confidence in 15 days, the Raj Bhawan said in a statement.
Palanisamy, along with Tamil Nadu ministers Jayakumar, K.A. Sengottaiyan, S. P. Velumani, T. T. Dinakaran and K. P. Anbazhagan met the Governor earlier in the day.
The Governor heard competing pitches last night from within the ruling party of the state over who should be the Chief Minister.
The Governor first met Palanisamy, who claimed to have the support of 125 legislators and then he met O. Panneerselvam, who claimed to have the support of 11 MLAs.
On the basis of majority of MLAs the Governor appointed Palanisamy as the Chief Minister of the state.