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Ottakarathevar Panneerselvam (born 14 January 1951)[2] is an Indian politician, who has been Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Coordinator of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) since 21 August 2017. He served as the 6th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 2001-02, 2014–15, and from 6 December 2016 to 16 February 2017. He is a Senior Leader of the AIADMK political party and was a staunch loyalist of AIADMK Supremo J. Jayalalithaa. His first two terms as Chief Minister came when he replaced Jayalalithaa in the role, after she was forced to resign by the courts. His third term began following Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's death and ended two months later, Edappadi K. Palaniswami was appointed as the Chief Minister by Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.[3][4] He was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 21 August 2017. He also holds portfolios of Finance, Housing, Rural Housing, Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development, and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.[5] On 4 January 2018, O. Panneerselvam elected as Leader of the House in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

Ottakarathevar Panneerselvam
O. Panneerselvam in February 2014
2nd Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
21 August 2017
GovernorBanwarilal Purohit
Chief MinisterEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded byM. K. Stalin (2009-2011)
Leader of the House
(Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly)
Assumed office
4 January 2018
Chief MinisterEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded byK. A. Sengottaiyan
Coordinator of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Assumed office
21 August 2017
DeputyK. P. Munusamy
R. Vaithilingam
Associate-CoordinatorEdappadi K. Palaniswami
6th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
In office
6 December 2016 – 15 February 2017
GovernorC. Vidyasagar Rao (addi. charge)
Preceded byJ. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded byEdappadi K. Palaniswami
In office
29 September 2014 – 22 May 2015
GovernorK. Rosaiah
Preceded byJ. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded byJ. Jayalalithaa
In office
22 September 2001 – 1 March 2002
GovernorC. Rangarajan
Preceded byJ. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded byJ. Jayalalithaa
Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
In office
13 May 2006 – 15 May 2011
PresidentAvul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam,
Pratibha Patil
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
GovernorSurjit Singh Barnala
Chief MinisterM. Karunanidhi
SpeakerR. Avudaiappan
Preceded byK. Anbazhagan
Succeeded byVijayakanth
Personal details
Born (1951-01-14) 14 January 1951 (age 68)[1]
Periyakulam, Madras State, India
(now in Tamil Nadu, India)
Political partyAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s)P. Vijayalakshmi
Children3 (P. Raveendranath Kumar)
ResidenceNo.31, Thenpennai, K. R. Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Personal lifeEdit

Panneerselvam was born to Ottakkara Thevar and Palaniammal Nachiar on 14 January 1951 in Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haji Karutha Rowther Howdia College in Uthamapalayam, Theni district. His close friend Salvunddin from Theni encouraged him into politics. He also owned some agricultural land. He is married to P. Vijayalakshmi and the couple have three children. He is currently elected from the constituency of Bodinayakkanur, in Theni district.[6]

Political careerEdit

Early political careerEdit

Paneerselvam started his political career as a worker of the then united DMK in 1969 at the age of 18. He started out as a young ground level party activist who worked at the booth level for municipal and legislative assembly elections, and worked his way up the Party. He joined the AIADMK in 1973 after M. G. Ramachandran split from the DMK and was among the first generations of party workers who split to found AIADMK and is thus a founding member. He was Chairman of Periyakulam Municipality from 1996 to 2001.

First term as Chief Minister, 2001-2002Edit

He was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in September 2001 when the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was barred from holding office by the Supreme Court of India. During his stint as Chief Minister, he was widely criticised for allegedly heading a puppet government managed by Jayalalithaa. His tenure lasted for six months, from 21 September 2001 to 1 March 2002. In March 2002, he resigned as Chief Minister and Jayalalithaa was sworn in again after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and she won a by-election from Andipatti assembly constituency. From 2 March 2002 to 13 December 2003, he was the Minister for Public Works, Prohibition and Excise. Subsequently, he was also entrusted with the Revenue department's charge from 13 December 2003 to 2006.

Leader of the Opposition, 2006Edit

After the party lost the assembly elections in May 2006, Panneerselvam was the leader of the AIADMK legislative party and the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for about two weeks. In that election, he was elected to be the member of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly from Periyakulam. After all the AIADMK legislators were suspended by the speaker of the house, Jayalalithaa, who had decided not to attend the Legislative Assembly, decided to return and replaced Panneerselvam as the Leader of the Opposition.

Second term as Chief Minister, 2014-2015Edit

In 2011, he contested as an AIADMK candidate from the Bodinayakkanur and won. Again, he became the Minister of Finance in Jayalalithaa's government and held the office from 16 May 2011 to 27 September 2014. He was again entrusted with the responsibility of being Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 29 September 2014 when Jayalalitha was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. On 22 May 2015, he resigned as Chief Minister and Jayalalithaa was sworn in again after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case on 11 May 2015.[7][8]

A year after his resignation, on 23 May 2016, he was sworn in as Minister for Finance and Public Works Department in Jayalalithaa's government.

Third term as Chief Minister, 2016-2017Edit

On 6 December 2016, Panneerselvam was elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu following the death of incumbent Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.[9] On 10 December he held his first cabinet meeting as a full-term Chief Minister.[10] He tended his resignation as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 6 February 2017 to the governor, who accepted and appointed him as the caretaker Chief Minister of the state to avoid a leadership vacuum, until further measures could be taken.[citation needed]. On 14 February 2017, he was expelled from the AIADMK by party general-secretary, V. K. Sasikala. Shortly after his expulsion, the Governor invited the newly elected legislative leader of the AIADMK, Edappadi K Palaniswami to form the government, following which he took over as chief minister on 16 February 2017.[11]

Elections Contested and Results:

Year Constituency Result
2001 Periyakulam Won
2006 Periyakulam Won
2011 Bodinayakkanur Won
2016 Bodinayakkanur Won

New Party SymbolEdit

After his exit from AIADMK Panneerselvam and his supporters appealed to the election commission to take action against the current chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and party General Secretary Sasikala. He also made a point to them that he needs the two leaf party symbol to contest in RK Nagar election. Also, Edappadi K. Palaniswami and supporters appealed against him, but the election commission rejected both the appeals and allotted two different symbols to each party.[12]

In August 2017 Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam Faction merge. He was made Deputy Chief Minister and was also given finance portfolio.

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "E Palaniswami is new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, 30 other AIADMK leaders take oath at Raj Bhavan". Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Palaniswami takes oath as CM, OPS says will fight for justice". Hindustan Times. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  5. ^ "AIADMK merger: Panneerselvam is Deputy CM, gets finance portfolio". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "O. Panneerselvam Biography - About family, political life, awards won, history". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  7. ^ "DA case Live: Jayalalithaa walks out of prison, gets rousing welcome in Chennai". 18 October 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  8. ^ "TN CM O Panneerselvam resigns, makes way for Jayalalithaa to take over - Times of India". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Its official: AIADMK leaders choose O Panneerselvam as Jayalalithaas successor". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  10. ^ "O Panneerselvam holds first cabinet meeting after Jayalalithaa's demise". 10 December 2016.
  11. ^ "AIADMK sacks Panneerselvam, 19 other rebel leaders from party - Times of India". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Blow to AIADMK: 'Two leaves' symbol frozen by Election Commission". 23 March 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
J. Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
First tenure

Succeeded by
J. Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Second tenure

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Third tenure

6 December 2016 – 16 February 2017
Succeeded by
K. Palanisamy
Preceded by
M. K. Stalin
Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

21 August 2017 - Incumbent
Succeeded by