Chennai: Newly installed Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami is all set to seek the vote of confidence now. Latest reports suggest that a long time confidante and AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan’s choice has already reached the state secretariat for the trust vote.
While some top local English newspapers are making it look like a tough contest, in reality there is no contest at all and the government is expected to sail comfortably and prove the majority on the floor of the house.
Paniswami is a non-controversial personality. He is down to earth and has never sought attention despite the fact that he in politics for a very long time and has been part of all the ministries of Jayalalithaa.
The one quality that catapulted him to the top job was the fact that he is not known to be a seeker of top post. Hailing from the rural Nedungulam village in Edappadi taluk, 62-year-old Mr. Palaniswami joined AIADMK in the 1980s. He threw his weight behind Jayalalithaa when the party suffered a split after the demise of founder M.G. Ramachandran in 1987.
Here are 10 important aspects about the development
1-The chief minister, despite being a non-assuming personality, still qualifies to hold the post. New chief minister E Paniswami caste is powerful in the state. He belongs to Kongu Vellala Gounder community — a dominant community of the western region of the State. He was never dropped by Jayalalithaa and whenever she became chief minister he was into the cabinet.
2- Tamil Nadu assembly speaker is not only a member of AIADMK, he is a part of the Sasikala faction. Speaker, P Dhanapal, will ensure that things happen without a hitch and that his party that enjoys the majority wins the vote of trust.
3. Sasikala Natarajan faction enjoys clear majority in the house. It has the support of 124 MLAs.
4- O Panneerselvam, who warned the chief minister’s seat for Jayalalithaa on at least three occasions and who rebelled against Sasikala has the support of only 8 MLAs. While he may enjoy the support of several MPs, the fact that he has no support base among MLAs destroys all hopes and trust by Sasikala haters.
5-The state assembly has a total streght of 233 members or votes. Before former chief minister Jayalalithaa passed away, the House had 234 votes, but her seat is now vacant.
6. This means that the Chief Minister EK Palaniswami needs support only 117 MLAs. Given the number of his supporters being 124, there doesn’t seem to be any issue that may create problem for him.
7- DMK that has said to oppose the trust vote and vote against Planiswami has only 88 MLAs.
8-Congress party has only 8 MLAs in the Tamil Nadu assembly.
9-Muslim League, a small player in the state politics unlike in Kerala where it is a major player, has one MLA only in the state assembly.
10-If the opposition parties or even if Congress doesn’t come to the house, Planiswami will require less number of votes to win the trust vote