Panneerselvam elected AIADMK legislature party leader

Chennai, Dec 6 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam was elected the AIADMK legislature party leader early on Tuesday, to succeed Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa who died on Monday night.

A meeting of AIADMK’s MLAs was to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday but was postponed.

Panneerselvam is expected to submit the letter of support extended by his party lawmakers to Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.

According to a party official, no other decision was taken at the meeting.

After Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital in September, Panneerselvam — who has officiated as Chief Minister earlier too — began looking after the portfolios held by her.