Sasikala loyalist Palaniswami takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM Feb 17, 2017 0 678 12345 IANSChennaiK. Palaniswami, a loyalist of the jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, on Thursday took oath as Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister, ending for now an ugly war within the ruling party. Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Palaniswami, 63, and his team at the Raj Bhavan, only hours after inviting him to form a government. Palaniswami took oath in Tamil, followed by 30 ministers in batches. He has to prove his majority in the assembly within 15 days. Palaniswami has retained the crucial Finance Ministry he had in the outgoing government of O. Panneerselvam, whose attempt to foil Sasikala's bid to be the Chief Minister led to bitter fighting in the AIADMK. A farmer by profession, Palaniswami also retained the portfolios of Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports he held in the earlier government. Panneerselvam, who took charge of the government after the December 5 death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, vowed to pursue his fight against"one family" controlling the AIADMK -- a reference to Sasikala. He said people were angry that a new government was formed with the support of legislators who, he said, were held for days in captivity at a resort near here. Sasikala was elected to the top post and then chosen as the AIADMK legislature party leader by MLAs to enable her to replace Panneerselvam as the Chief Minister. That's when Panneerselvam revolted, leading to the worst faction fighting in the AIADMK. DMK leader M.K. Stalin said the 15 days time given to Palaniswami to prove his majority would result in horse trading. Shortly after the oath taking, a group of supporters of the new Chief Minister stoned Panneerselvam's house to protest against the presence of a number of backers of the former Chief Minister. Thursday's celebrations by Palaniswami supporters came after a day of gloom when Sasikala returned to the Central Jail in Bengaluru after being held guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Modi draws parallel with Lord Krishna, targets Akhilesh Feb 17, 2017 0 135 48-hour shut-down cripples life in Tripura Feb 17, 2017 0 193 Court jails one, releases two over 2005 Delhi bomb blasts Feb 17, 2017 0 204 MEA spokesperson Swarup appointed India's High Commisioner to Canada New Delhi External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, credited with expanding MEA's social media outreach and handling sensitive issues deftly, was on Thursday appointed India's High .. Nine lakh accounts under Operation Clean Money 'doubtful' New Delhi Nearly half of the 18 lakh people under the I-T scanner for suspicious bank deposits post cash ban have been put in the 'doubtful' category, but action against them will follow only after the new tax .. EC raps Parrikar, advises him to be 'careful' with words New Delhi The Election Commission of India (EC) on Thursday censured Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for"encouraging bribery in election" and told him to be"more circumspect and careful in future" with his words. .. Centre questions practice of 'triple talaq' in SC PTI New Delhi The Centre on Thursday submitted in the Supreme Court a list of issues for adjudication including the question whether fundamental right to practice and propagate one's religion protected the .. Govt asks public in Kashmir to stay away from encounter sites PTI Srinagar Authorities on Thursday asked the public in Kashmir to stay away from the places of encounters between security forces and militants and decided to impose prohibitory orders in the radius of 3 kms from such .. ED arrests Zakir Naik aide PTI Mumbai Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, was on Thursday arrested by ED in connection with its probe in a money laundering case against him and others. Officials said Gazdar, .. Panneerselvam camp approaches EC against Sasikala IANS New Delhi A delegation of AIADMK leaders siding with former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi here to challenge V.K. Sasikala's anointment as General .. CM to seek trust vote tomorrow IANS Chennai Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said he would prove his majority in the assembly on Saturday as asked by Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao. The assembly is being convened on February 18 and ..