O. Panneerselvam

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O. Panneerselvam
Minister of Finance & Public Works Department of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
23 May 2015
In office
16 May 2011 – 27 September 2014
13th & 17th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
In office
29 September 2014 – 22 May 2015
Preceded by J Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by J Jayalalithaa
Constituency Bodinayakkanur
In office
21 September 2001 – 1 March 2003
Preceded by J Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by J Jayalalithaa
Constituency Periyakulam
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
In office
13 May 2007 – 15 May 2011
Minister for Public Works, Prohibition, Excise & Revenue Department of Tamil Nadu
In office
13 December 2002 – 12 May 2006
Minister for Public Works, Prohibition and Excise Department of Tamil Nadu
In office
2 March 2002 – 12 December 2002
Minister of Revenue Department of Tamil Nadu
In office
19 May 2002 – 1 September 2001
Chairman of Periyakulam Municipality
In office
1996–2001
Personal details
Born January 1951 (64 Years)
Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu
Nationality Indian
Political party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s) P. Vijayalakshmi
Children 3
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Religion Hinduism

O. Panneerselvam (born 14 January 1951) is an Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2014 to 2015. O Panneerselvama, a trusted aide of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, was the first Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who belonged to the Mukkulathor (Thevar) community, which is one of the largest and loyal vote banks of the AIADMK.

Personal life[edit]

O. Panneerselvam was born on 14 January 1951 in Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu. He started his career as a tea stall owner. 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.[1]

Political career[edit]

Early political career[edit]

He started his political career as chairman of Periyakulam Municipality from 1996 to 2001.

First term as Chief Minister, 2001-2003[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 closely micro-managed by Jayalalithaa. His tenure lasted for six months, from 21 September 2001 to 1 March 2003. In March 2003, 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 2003 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 Finance Minister in Jayalalithaa's government and held the office from 16 May 2011 to 27 Sep 2014. He was again entrusted with the responsibility of being the 17th 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.[2][3]

On 23 May 2015, he sworn in as Minister for Finance and Public Works Departments in Jayalalithaa's government.

References[edit]

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

2001–2003
Succeeded by
J. Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Second Tenure

2014–2015