Chennai: In a post-merger reshuffle of his Cabinet, Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswamy on Monday inducted O Panneerselvam as his deputy.
The chief minister also accommodated Panneerselvam aide K Pandiarajan in the Cabinet, while re-allocating portfolios among existing ministers following the formal merger of the two factions of AIADMK.
A release from the Raj Bhavan said Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has on the recommendation of the chief minister inducted Panneerselvam and Pandiarajan in the state cabinet.
The governor has also accepted the recommendation of Palaniswamy to designate O Panneerselvam as deputy chief minister, it said.
"The swearing-in of the deputy chief minister and the new minister (Pandiarajan) will be held today at 4.30 pm," it said.
Panneerselvam has been allotted Finance, a portfolio held by D Jayakumar, besides Housing, Rural Housing and Housing Development, Slum Clearance Board and Accommodation Control, Town Planning, Urban Development and CMDA hitherto held by Udumalai K Radhakrishnan.
Jayakumar also holds the Fisheries portfolio and that remains with him.
Pandiarajan has been given Tamil Official Language and Tamil culture, besides Archaelogy, hitherto held by Sevoor S Ramachandran and KA Sengottaiyan, respectively, the release said.
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Updated Date: Nov 03, 2017 15:30 PM