As the Tamilians come to terms with the grief on the death of their beloved Chief Minister J. Jayalalitham, senior AIADMK leader O. Panneerselvam has been elected as the new AIADMK leader post midnight and sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
In a quiet ceremony at Raj Bhawan, Panneerselvam was administered the oath of office by the Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao. This was the third time when he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The rest 31 members of the ministry were also sworn-in along with him. Mr. Panneerselvam is faced with the challenging role to keep the party together in the post-Jayalalitha phase. The charisma of the deceased leader is unmatched and with four years to go, the task is humongous to be able to resonate with people.
The meeting of the Legislative Party was chaired by the AIADMK presidium chairman E.Madhusoothanan along with other senior leaders.
J.Jayalalitha-the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu passed away last night after suffering from a severe cardiac arrest. Both Houses of Parliament have been adjourned as homage to the leader and Centre has also declared one-day national mourning as a mark of respect. The National Flag will be flown in half-mast over all government buildings across the country and also all the ceremonial functions have been cancelled. The Central government will also accord a state funeral to Jayalalitha.
6 Chief Ministers will attend the funeral which is scheduled for the evening. Condolences are pouring from all quarters of the government.
The death of Jayalalitha will also make the politics of the state more fluid an unleash a spell of unpredictability on the state. Her idiom of governance has few parallels anywhere in the country as it focussed on state-funded populism with Amma canteens, Amma water, Amma pharmacies etc. These reinforced the strength of her personality which resonated with her people.