Following the DMK-led alliance’s convincing victory in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, party chief M.K. Stalin will take oath as the next chief minister on May 7, DMK sources said. The sources emphasised Stalin would be sworn in in a ‘low profile’ ceremony, given the COVID-19 situation. Stalin had asked supporters to avoid celebrations on Sunday, given the pandemic situation.
Stalin had told reporters on Sunday night, that the ceremony, likely in Raj Bhavan, would be simple.
DMK general secretary Durai Murugan has called for a meeting of the DMK’s legislature party at 6pm on May 4. The meeting is expected to be a formality, and Stalin will be elected as the legislature party leader. Durai Murugan won a narrow victory over AIADMK’s V. Ramu in Katpadi constituency by 746 votes. Durai Murugan, who had trailed Ramu for much of Sunday, had never lost from Katpadi constituency since 1996.
DMK sources indicated Stalin’s proposed cabinet would have more younger faces, unlike the governments headed by his father M. Karunanidhi. However, Stalin’s son, Udhayanidhi Stalin, is unlikely to be part of the cabinet soon. Udhayanidhi Stalin, who made his poll debut in the recent election, won from Chepauk constituency. The DMK sources said Udhayanidhi could be ‘minister in waiting’ for at least an year.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami resigned on Monday morning, following the AIADMK’s defeat in the polls. Palaniswami submitted his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit. On Monday morning, Edappadi Palaniswami congratulated Stalin. In a post on Twitter, Palaniswami wrote, "I extend my congratulations to Mr. MK Stalin who will take over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu."
As of Monday morning, Election Commission data showed the DMK alliance had won or was leading in 159 seats, while the AIADMK’s alliance was ahead in 75.
(With inputs from Lakshmi Subramanian)