Panneerselvam will also be the AIADMK Coordinator while Palaniswami will be the co-coordinator of the ruling party in Tamil Nadu. A cabinet reshuffle will take place, it was announced here after weeks of hard bargaining by factions led by the two leaders who have questioned Sasikala’s appointment as party general secretary.
PM Modi Congratulates Tamil Nadu K Palaniswami & O Panneerselvam
I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come @narendramodi
Chennai: O. Panneerselvam swears-in as Deputy CM at Raj bhawan pic.twitter.com/GxuFpw0Pcc
— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017
Her loyalists continued to maintain that party cadres are with Sasikala, who is in jail in a graft case, even as the fate of the sidelined leader and her nephew Dhinakaran in the party remained uncertain.
According to sources, newly re-joined AIADMK is likely to call for an emergency general council meet which has the power to change or sack Sasikala.