O. Panneerselvam

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O. Panneerselvam
O. Paneerselvam.jpg
2nd Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded by M. K. Stalin
Constituency Bodinayakkanur
7th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
In office
6 December 2016 – 16 February 2017
Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao
Preceded by J. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Constituency Bodinayakkanur
In office
29 September 2014 – 22 May 2015
Governor K. Rosaiah
Preceded by J. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by J. Jayalalithaa
Constituency Bodinayakkanur
In office
21 September 2001 – 1 March 2002
Governor Dr. C. Rangarajan
Preceded by J. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by J. Jayalalithaa
Constituency Periyakulam
Personal details
Born (1951-01-14) 14 January 1951 (age 66)
Periyakulam, Madras State, India
(now in Tamil Nadu, India)
Political party Indian Election Symbol Two Leaves.png All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s) P. Vijayalakshmi
Children 3
Residence Greenways Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Ottakkarathevar Panneerselvam (born 14 January 1951) popularly known as O.P.S. is an Indian politician who is the 2nd and current Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Coordinator of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. He served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 2001-02, 2014–15, and from December 6, 2016 to February 16, 2017.He is a Senior Leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and was a staunch loyalist of its leader J. Jayalalithaa. His first two terms as chief minister came when he replaced J. Jayalalithaa in the role, after she was forced to resign by the courts. His third term began following Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's death and ended two months later, when V. K. Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K. Palanisamy was appointed as the Chief Minister by Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.[1][2] He was sworn in as the deputy chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on august 21, 2017[3].

Personal life[edit]

O. Panneerselvam was born to OttakkaraThevar and Palaniammal Nachiar on 14 January 1951 in Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haji Karutha Rowther Howdia College, Uthamapalayam, Theni District.His close friend Salvunddin from Theni encouraged him into politics. He also owned some agricultural land. He is married to P. Vijayalakshmi and the couple has three children. He is currently elected from the constituency of Bodinayakkanur, which is located in Theni district.[4] He is also known by his nickname, OPS.

Political career[edit]

Early political career[edit]

Paneerselvam started his political career as a worker of the then united DMK in 1969 at the age of 18. He started out as a young ground level party activist who worked at the booth level for municipal and legislative assembly elections, and worked his way up the Party. He joined the AIADMK in 1973 after M.G. Ramachandran split from the DMK and was among the first generations of party workers who split to found AIADMK and is thus a founding member. He became a Chairman of Periyakulam Municipality from 1996 to 2001.

First term as Chief Minister, 2001-2002[edit]

He was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in September 2001 when the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was barred from holding office by the Supreme Court of India. During his stint as Chief Minister, he was widely criticised for allegedly heading a puppet government managed by Jayalalithaa. His tenure lasted for six months, from 21 September 2001 to 1 March 2002. In March 2002, he resigned as Chief Minister and Jayalalithaa was sworn in again after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and she won a by-election from Andipatti assembly constituency. From 2 March 2002 to 13 December 2003, he was the Minister for Public Works, Prohibition and Excise. Subsequently, he was also entrusted with the Revenue department's charge from 13 December 2003 to 2006.

Leader of the Opposition, 2006[edit]

After the party lost the assembly elections in May 2006, Panneerselvam was the leader of the AIADMK legislative party and the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for about two weeks. In that election, he was elected to be the member of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly from Periyakulam. After all the AIADMK legislators were suspended by the speaker of the house, Jayalalithaa, who had decided not to attend the Legislative Assembly, decided to return and replaced Panneerselvam as the Leader of the Opposition.

Second term as Chief Minister, 2014-2015[edit]

In 2011, he contested as an AIADMK candidate from the Bodinayakkanur Assembly constituency and won. Again, he became the Minister of Finance in Jayalalithaa's government and held the office from 16 May 2011 to 27 September 2014. He was again entrusted with the responsibility of being Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 29 September 2014 when Jayalalitha was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. On 22 May 2015, he resigned as Chief Minister and Jayalalithaa was sworn in again after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her in the disproportionate assets case on 11 May 2015.[5][6]

A year after his resignation, on 23 May 2016, he was sworn in as Minister for Finance and Public Works Departments in Jayalalithaa's government.

Third term as Chief Minister, 2016-2017[edit]

On 6 December 2016, Panneerselvam was elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu following the death of incumbent Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.[7] On December 10 he held his first cabinet meeting as a full-term Chief Minister.[8] He tended his resignation as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 6 February 2017 to the governor, who accepted and appointed him as the caretaker Chief Minister of the state to avoid a leadership vacuum, until further measures could be taken.[citation needed]. On 14 February 2017, he was expelled from the AIADMK by party general secretary V.K. Sasikala. Shortly after his expulsion, the Governor invited the newly elected legislative leader of the AIADMK, Edappadi K Palaniswami to form the government, following which he took over as chief minister on 16 February 2017.[9]

Elections Contested and Results

Year Constituency Result
2001 Periyakulam Won
2006 Periyakulam Won
2011 Bodinayakkanur Won
2016 Bodinayakkanur Won

New Party Symbol[edit]

After his exit from AIADMK Panneerselvam and his supporters appealed to the election commission to take action against the current chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and party General Secretary Sasikala. He also made a point to them that he needs the two leaf party symbol to contest in RK Nagar election. Also Edappadi K Palaniswami and supporters appealed against him, but the election commission rejected both the appeals and allotted two different symbols to each party.[10]

See also[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
J. Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
First tenure

Succeeded by
J. Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Second tenure

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Third tenure

December 6, 2016 - February 16, 2017
Succeeded by
K. Palanisamy
Preceded by
M. K. Stalin
Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

21 August 2017 - Incumbent
Succeeded by