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Tamil Nadu: Jaya’s govt will continue, says CM Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday exuded confidence that he will prove his majority in the Assembly and ensure that the government of Amma (Jayalalithaa) will continue.

“I wish to say that Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) government will continue by me proving majority in the Assembly,” he told reporters in his first media interaction after taking over as Chief Minister of the southern state.

The Governor had asked the newly sworn in Chief Minister to seek the vote of confidence in the Assembly within 15 days.

After swearing in ceremony, Ministers said that all the party MLAs were working as a family and the focus will be on delivering good governance to the people of Tamil Nadu under the leadership of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

“Now, we have the party under the leadership of Edappadi K Palaniswami (as Chief Minister). We will focus on delivering good governance to the people of Tamil Nadu,” Minister for Milk and Dairy Development, K T Rajendhira Balaji told a Tamil channel.

On the remarks by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam that they would never allow a family, apparently referring to AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala to run the government, Balaji said, “No family is dominating us. We (the 124 legislators) all are united and working as a family.”

Elaborating, he said, “all these days we were protecting the unity in the party. Now, we all are united and the focus will be on delivering good governance.

The chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami, himself hold the important Home and Finance portfolios, which were earlier held by his predecessor O Panneerselvam.

Besides, the new Chief Minister will also take care of other key portfolios of Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports, which he had managed as a minister in the Jayalalithaa and Panneerselvam cabinets.

The Chief Minister allotted the following portfolios to his Cabinet Ministers: C Srinivasan (Forests), K A Sengottaiyan (School Education), K Raju (Cooperation), P Thangamani (Electricity), S P Velumani (Municipal Administration), D Jayakumar (Fisheries) and C Ve Shanmugam (Law).

K P Anbalagan will look after Higher Education, V Saroja (Social Welfare), M C Sampath (Industries), K C Karuppannan (Environment), R Kamaraj (Food), O S Manian (Handloom), K Radhakrishnan (Housing), C Vijaya Baskar (Health and Family Welfare), R Dorai Kannu (Agriculture), Kadambur Raju (Information), R B Udhayakumar(Revenue) and N Natarajan (Tourism).

K C Veeramani has been allotted Commercial Taxes, K T Rajenthira Balaji (Dairy Development), P Benjamin (Rural Industries), Nilofer Kafeel (Labor), M R Vijayabaskar (Transport), M Manikandan (Information Technology), V M Rajalakshmi (Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare), G Baskaran (Khadi and Village Industries Board) and S Ramachandran (HR and CE).

S Valarmathi has been given charge of Backward Classes and Minority Welfare department, while P Balakrishna Reddy will be the Animal Husbandry minister.

All the Ministers, barring Sengottaiyan, had handled the respective portfolios in the Panneerselvam cabinet too.K Pandiarajan, now in the Panneerselvam camp, was School Education Minister in the previous cabinet.

K Pandiarajan, now in the Panneerselvam camp, was School Education Minister in the previous cabinet.

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