Almost simultaneously, police protection given to O Panneerselvam at his official residence was withdrawn. The chief minister's emblem and beacon on his car were also removed.
Palaniswamy was hand-picked and got elected as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party on February 14 after VK Sasikala, 61, was convicted by the Supreme Court in the 20-year old disproportionate assets case. Sasikala is in jail now and has been given the job of making candles.
Earlier, Palaniswamy had served as Minister for Highways and Minor Ports under Jayalalithaa and O. Panneerselvam as Cms. He is the sitting Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Edappadi in the Salem district in Tamil Nadu.
Palaniswamy has won the election to the state assembly four times, in 1989, 1991, 2011 and 2016 from the Edappadi constituency.
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