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List of deputy chief ministers of Tamil Nadu

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is an optional post and is second in command to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The first person to hold the office of Deputy Chief Minister was M. K. Stalin, who took office on 29 May 2009 and left on 15 May 2011. The Chief Minister during that time was his father M. Karunanidhi.[1][2]

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
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O. Panneerselvam

since 21 August 2017 (2017-08-21)
AppointerGovernor of Tamil Nadu
Inaugural holderM. K. Stalin (2009–11)
Formation29 May 2009; 10 years ago (2009-05-29)

M. Karunanidhi, the then-Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, underwent a spinal cord surgery in 2009, which made him wheel-chair bounded. He was unable to concentrate on many of the departments from his portfolio due to his weakened health, so he decided to allocate some departments to his son, M. K. Stalin, who also held the post of Local Administration Minister in his cabinet, thus resulting in the creation of the post of Deputy Chief Minister Tamil Nadu. Karunanidhi still held the responsibility of Home Department himself.

On 21 August 2017, the rebel faction under former chief minister O. Panneerselvam and the ruling faction of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam decided to merge into one. As a result Panneerselvam was sworn in as the 2nd Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

List of Deputy Chief Ministers of Tamil NaduEdit

S.No Portrait Name
Political Party[a] Elected Constituency Term of office[3] Chief Minister Appointed by
1   M. K. Stalin
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Kolathur 29 May 2009 15 May 2011 1st
(1 year, 351 days days)
M. Karunanidhi Surjit Singh Barnala
2   O. Panneerselvam
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Bodinayakkanur 21 August 2017 Incumbent 2nd
(2 years, 63 days days)
Edappadi K. Palaniswami C. Vidyasagar Rao

Living Former Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil NaduEdit

S.No Portrait Name Birth
Political Party Tenure
1   M. K. Stalin 1 March 1953
(66 years, 236 days)
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 29 May 2009 - 15 May 2011
(1 year, 351 days days)


  1. ^ This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.


  1. ^ Karunanidhi makes Stalin Deputy Chief Minister
  2. ^ Stalin appointed Tamil Nadu Deputy CM
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference term was invoked but never defined (see the help page).