O. Panneerselvam (a) OPS was born on 14th January, 1951 in Periyakulam. OttakaraThevar and Palaniammal Naachiar are the parents of O. Panneerselvam. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Karutharawuthar college in Uthamapalaiyam . His close friend Salvunddin from Tenali encouraged him into politics, Salvunddin was the person who was behind the history of O. Panneerselvam. O. Panneerselvam owns a land and had a tea shop. He married P. Vijalakshmi and the couple has three children.
Political Career of O. Panneerselvam
O. Panneerselvam started his political career at the age of 18 by joining DMK during the year 1969. He started from the bottom level party activist. During the time her worked as a booth level for municipal and legislative assembly elections. He joined AIADMK in 1973 after M.G. Ramachandran split from the DMK and was among the pilot party workers who split to found AIADMK. After all his hardwork he became the chairman of Periyakulam Municipality during the year 1996 to 2001.
After all his hardwork he was very loyal and a most trusted man of the former Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha. This made him the 13th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 2001. It is because the present Chief Minister during 2001 J. Jayalalitha was barred from holding the office by Supreme Court of India. He was acting as a Chief Minister as from 21st Sep, 2001 to 1st March, 2002. After that he was the Minister of Public Works, Prohibition and Exise from 2nd March 2002 to 13th December, 2003. From 13th December 2003 to 2006 he was the incharge of Revenue Department.
Leader of Opposition Party AIADMK, 2006
O. Panneerselvam was the leader of legislative party and the Leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu. It is becuase, Jayalalitha decided not to attend the Assembly. So Panneerselvam was replaced as the Leader of Opposition Party.
Chief Minister for the 2nd time, 2014-2015
In 2011 election, he was elected by the people of Bodinayakkanur assembly and won. He became the Minister of Finance in Jayalalithaa’s government from 16th May, 2011 to 27th September, 2014. He again became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 29th September, 2014. It is because the current Chief Minister Jayalalitha was facing disproportionate assets case by Karnataka High Court on 11th May, 2015.
Chief Minister for the 3rd time, 2016-Present
On 6th December 2016, Panneerselvam was elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu following the death of honorable Chief Minister Jayalalitha.