O. Panneerselvam

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O Panneerselvam
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O Panneerselvam
13th & 17th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
29 September 2014
Preceded by J Jayalalithaa
Constituency Bodinayakanur
In office
21 September 2001 – 1 March 2002
Preceded by J Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by J Jayalalithaa
Constituency Periyakulam
Personal details
Born January 1951 (64 Years)
Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu
Political party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Chief Minister elect of Tamil Nadu

O Panneerselvam (Tamil: ஓ. பன்னீர்செல்வம்) born January 1951, is the Chief Minister of state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Personal life[edit]

His first job was as a tea stall owner in his village. He is currently elected from the constituency of Bodinayakkanur which is located in Theni district.[1]

Political career[edit]

He became the chairman of Periyakulam municipality in 1996. He won the 2001 assembly elections from Periyakulam and become the PWD minister. He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in September 2001 when then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was barred from holding office by the Supreme Court of India. In March 2002, he resigned as Chief Minister and J Jayalalithaa was sworn in after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and she won a by-election from Andipatti assembly constituency. During his stint as Chief Minister, he was widely criticised of heading a puppet government closely micro-managed by Jayalalithaa.[2]

After his resignation he became the Public Works Department minister in the Jayalalithaa government. 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, after the party lost the assembly elections in May 2006. 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. On 27 September 2014, after the conviction of then chief minister J Jayalalithaa in disproportionate assets case, former Chief minister Jayalalitha of the AIADMK chose Panneerselvam as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu.[3]


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

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