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Edappadi K. Palaniswami

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Edappadi K. Palaniswami
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7th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
16 February 2017
GovernorC. Vidyasagar Rao (Additional Charge),
Banwarilal Purohit
DeputyO. Panneerselvam
Preceded byO. Panneerselvam
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
10 March 1998 – 26 April 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byK. P. Ramalingam
Succeeded byM. Kannappan
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
23 May 2011
Chief MinisterJ. Jayalalithaa,
O. Panneerselvam,
Preceded byV. Kaveri
In office
6 February 1989 – 12 May 1996
Chief MinisterM. Karunanidhi,
J. Jayalalithaa
Preceded byGovindaswamy
Succeeded byI. Ganesan
Joint Coordinator of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Assumed office
21 August 2017
CoordinatorO. Panneerselvam
Personal details
Karuppa Gounder Palanisamy

(1954-05-12) 12 May 1954 (age 66)
Anthiyur, Madras State, India
(present-day Tamil Nadu)
Political partyAll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s)Ratha Palaniswami
ResidenceSevvanthi Illam
9, P. S. Kumaraswamy Raja Road, Raja Annamalaipuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Agriculturalist
  • politician

Edappadi Karuppa Palaniswami (born 12 May 1954), is an Indian politician serving as the 7th and current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu since 16 February 2017. He is the joint coordinator of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). He is also serving in the government of Tamil Nadu as Minister of Highways and Minor Ports since 16 May 2011. In the 1998 election he was elected as Member of Parliament, representing Tiruchengodu constituency in the 12th Lok Sabha.[1]

Personal life

Palaniswami was born on 12 May 1954[1] at Anthiyur, Anthiyur taluk, Erode district, Madras State (present-day Tamil Nadu).[2][3] After completing school, he enrolled for B.Sc degree in Sri Vasavi College but did not graduate. He is married to Ratha Palaniswami and has one son.[1] He is an agriculturalist by occupation.[2]

Political career

Edappadi K. Palaniswami entered politics as the volunteer of AIADMK in 1974. Later he became the key member of the party in Salem district. He was elected to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1989,[4] 1991,[5] 2011[6][7] and 2016[8] from Edappadi constituency. He also won the 1998 election[9] and was elected as Member of Parliament, representing Tiruchengodu constituency in the 12th Lok Sabha. He is the Minister of Highways and Minor Ports in the J. Jayalalithaa, O. Panneerselvam and in his own ministry from 2011.

Chief Minister

Edappadi K. Palaniswami was selected by the AIADMK as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in February 2017,[10] following the resignation of O. Panneerselvam, who became chief minister after the demise of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa who won the 2016 Legislative Assembly election as CM candidate of AIADMK. He was sworn in on 16 February 2017 before a crowd of party workers, along with his 32-member cabinet. Palaniswami also holds the charge of Home, Prohibition & Excise Departments along with the other portfolios normally held by the Chief Ministers, and not mentioned elsewhere. He is elected from Edappadi constituency. During his reign, he introduced various schemes like Kudimaramaththu Work, FAME India scheme and Amma Patrol was introduced in Tamil Nadu to ascertain the security of women and children in public places. Based on his background of being an agriculturist and having grown in an agriculture family, he has expressed interest in promoting Crop rotation, that has been welcomed by farming community.[11]

Elections contested and positions held

Lok Sabha elections

Elections Constituency Party Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
1998 Indian general election Tiruchengodu AIADMK Won 54.70 K. P. Ramalingam DMK 40.89
1999 Indian general election Tiruchengodu AIADMK Lost 48.53 M. Kannappan MDMK 49.08
2004 Indian general election Tiruchengodu AIADMK Lost 37.27 Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan DMK 58.02

Tamil Nadu Legislative elections

Elections Constituency Party Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
1989 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election Edappadi AIADMK Won 33.08 L. Palanisamy DMK 31.62
1991 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election Edappadi AIADMK Won 58.24 P. Kolandai Gounder PMK 25.03
1996 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election Edappadi AIADMK Lost 28.21 I. Ganesan PMK 37.68
2006 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election Edappadi AIADMK Lost 41.06 V. Kaveri PMK 44.80
2011 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election Edappadi AIADMK Won 56.38 M. Karthe PMK 37.66
2016 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election Edappadi AIADMK Won 43.74 N. Annadurai PMK 25.12

Posts in Parliament of India

Year Constituency Position From To
1998 Tiruchengodu Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha 10 March 1998 26 April 1999

Posts in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly

Year Constituency Position From To
1989 Edappadi Member of Legislative Assembly 6 February 1989 30 January 1991
1991 Edappadi Member of Legislative Assembly 1 July 1991 12 May 1996
2011 Edappadi Minister of Highways and Minor Ports 16 May 2011 22 May 2016
2016 Edappadi Minister of Highways and Minor Ports and Minister of Public Works 23 May 2016 15 February 2017
2016 Edappadi Chief Minister 16 February 2017 Incumbent

Picture Gallery

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Thangavelu, Dharani (15 February 2017). "Who is Edappadi K. Palaniswami?". Archived from the original on 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ Profile, archived from the original on 17 February 2017
  4. ^ "1989 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 October 2010.
  5. ^ "1991 Tamil Nadu Election Results, Election Commission of India" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ "List of MLAs from Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Council of Ministers, Govt. of Tamil Nadu". Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011.
  8. ^ "2016 TN Assembly Election – Candidate Affidavit" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Volume I, 1998 Indian general election, 12th Lok Sabha" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 July 2014.
  10. ^ Saqaf, Syed Muthahar (14 February 2017). "From farmer to CM pick — the rise of a Jaya loyalist". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017 – via
  11. ^ "Advantages of Mixed Cropping".


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