Palaniswami likely to take oath as TN CM this evening

Chennai, Feb 16: The swearing-in of Edappadi K Palaniswami as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is expected this evening, party sources said. 

The event, tentatively scheduled at the Raj Bhavan, was expected to be brief and could be held at around 4 PM, they said.

However, the official announcement to this effect is yet to be made.

Palaniswami is reportedly discussing the composition of his cabinet and the confidence vote which he has to seek in the next 15 days, as mandated by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

Earlier in the day, the Governor had met Palaniswami -- the third meeting between the two since February 14 when AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in an assets case, dealing a body blow to her 

ambition of becoming Chief Minister.

She was earlier elected AIADMK Legislature party leader on February 5, but a revolt by the O Panneerselvam threw a spanner in the works.