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Overcoming challenges,Palaniswami completes one year in office

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Assuming the mantle of responsibility amid a power struggle in the AIADMK, Chief K seems to have proved his mettle in his one-year-rule by overcoming challenges and effectively implementing the 'Amma' government policies.

The former hailing from Edapadi in Salem, who will be completing one year in office tomorrow, has been credited with deftly handling crisis after crisis that threatened the survival of the in its post era.

Senior party leader and AIADMK spokesperson, B Valarmathi, said has "learnt" from former Chief J Jayalalithaa, the nuances of troubleshooting especially that of "fighting against all odds."

"He has done really well in the past one year, leading the party and government well as per the wishes of supporters and people. He has been fighting against all odds, in true Amma (Jayalalithaa) style," she told PTI today.

was often lauded for her determination in facing political and governance-related challenges and issues.

Valarmathi, a former minister, said has been "bravely facing so many problems," apparently referring to Palaniswami's tussle with T T V Dhinakaran.

Political observers feel Palaniswami has delivered "effective governance" in the past one year even as AIADMK accuses the opposition of launching a "campaign of falsehoods" against the ruling dispensation.

Another party spokesperson, R M Babu Murugavel, said Palaniswami, along with his deputy O Panneerselvam, has ensured effective rule in the state.

was leading in many social and economic parameters including women's safety, education and law and order, he said, adding, this was proof of the Chief Minister's good governance.

Following the storm last year owing to his differences with V K Sasikala and his subsequent revolt against her, the latter had nominated Palaniswami for the chief ministerial post.

Touted to be a Sasikala loyalist then, Palaniswami won a crucial confidence vote days after taking over as Chief even as continued his tirade against the government.

However, a twist in the script came in August last year when hectic backroom parleys led Palaniswami and to bury the hatchet and merge their respective factions.

A key demand of the Panneeerselvam faction to order a probe into Jayalalithaa's death as a condition for merger was also met by Palaniswami.

The merger and subsequent elevation of Panneerselvam as deputy had angered Dhinakaran whom the Chief Minister-led cabinet had earlier sidelined.

During the year gone by, Palaniswami also faced a revolt by 18 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran that threatened the government though they were subsequently disqualified by P Dhanapal.

Many political pundits initially gave little chance to Palaniswami in the wake of the Panneerselvam episode and later during his tussle with Dhinakaran.

However, they now seem to acknowledge that the leader, known for his calm demeanour, is a hard nut to crack, thanks to his political experience of nearly four decades.

State ministers, including D Jayakumar, now firmly assert that the government will not only live through its term ending 2021, but also continue in power thereafter.

In line with the AIADMK's 2016 poll manifesto, the government has commenced the process of state-run liquor shops.

Palaniswami's initial orders as was to close down 500 such outlets.

The government also recently unveiled the subsidised two-wheeler scheme for working women with an annual income of Rs 2.5 lakh which has elicited a huge response.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:25 IST