EdappadiK Palaniswami

Date of Birth: 12 May 1954
Political Party: All India Anna DravidaMunnetraKazhagam
Occupation: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Career Start: 1974
Residence: Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.
Education: 12th in Sri Vasavi College

History of The Candidate

Edappadi K. Palaniswami began his career in politics with AIADMK in 1974. Before assuming office as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 2017, he served as the Minister for Highways & Minor Ports in the Jayalalithaa and O. Panneerselvam-led ministries of the Tamil Nadu Government. He had also bagged the assembly elections four times contesting from Edapadi constituency in 1989,1991, 2011 and 2016.

Political Career

Palaniswami has won the assembly election to the state assembly four times, in 1989,1991,2011 and 2016 from the Edapadi constituency. In addition, he won the Lok Sabha seat from Tiruchengode constituency in 1998. In 2011 and 2016 assembly elections, Palaniswami won from Edapadi constituency again and worked as a cabinet minister in AIADMK government.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

He was elected as the Leader of the AIADMK Legislative Party after the conviction of V. K. Sasikala. Then he took oath as Chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 14 February 2017. Subsequently he proved his majority in assembly.

All the Promises Made by The Party

Misc / General

  • To implement the Amma National Poverty Eradication Initiative (ANPEI), which involves direct monthly transfer of Rs1,500 to the needy families of India
  • To urge the Centre to implement the Cauvery-Godavari river linking project immediately.
  • To impress upon the Centre to waive the educational loans got by students from nationalized banks and other banks.
  • To urge the Centre to bring Education from the concurrent list to the State list again, and to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET examinations.


  • To take necessary action to increase the income tax exemption limit to Rs 8 lakhs, and increase the standard deduction to Rs 1 lakh
  • To increase the number of working days of the laborer’s under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme to 200 days per person.


  • To implement the MGR National Skill Upgradation Scheme (MGR NSUS) to upgrade the skills of Indian youth for new employment avenues locally and globally.
  • To propose National Nodal Agency similar to TESDA in Philippines for providing appropriate skill development to the unskilled and semi-skilled young workers of the country.
  • To urge the Centre to enact due legislation to enable the implementation of the Reservation Policy in Private Sector also, in order to provide social justice to the SC/ST, MBC and BC categories of citizens.
  • To urge the Centre for the creation of a corpus fund for the benefit of Unorganized Workers Welfare Board.

 Economic Policy

  • To urge the Centre to implement special schemes to mitigate the adverse impact of the recession on Agriculture, Industry and service sectors of the economy
  • To direct the RBI, NABARD and nationalized banks to reduce considerably the rate of interest levied for loans lent to agriculture-industry and service sectors, besides relaxing norms related to such loans.

 Agriculture and Farm Labor

  • To urge the Centre to waive loans obtained by small and medium farmers in the country.
  • To demand the Centre establish a national commission for Fishermen Welfare in order to improve the social and economic status of fisher community
  • To demand for establishment of Special Economic Zone for fish processing and fish exports with modern fishing harbors and transport connectivity to enable fishermen to develop economically
  • To urge the Centre that minimum support price should be fixed for all agricultural produce in order to alleviate the economic plight of the farming community.

 Women Welfare

  • To urge the Centre to undertake and implement at national and state levels the Girl Child Protection Scheme and the Cradle Baby Scheme of Tamil Nadu.

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