Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today resigned from the post after the ruling AIADMK was defeated by the Opposition DMK in the April six Assembly polls.
Palaniswami sent his resignation letter to Governor Banwarilal Purohit through the officials, according to sources.
In the elections held for 234-seats to elect the 16th Legislative Assembly, the DMK stormed back to power after a gap of ten years and its President M K Stalin is all set to become the Chief Minister for the first time.
He guided DMK-led front to a resounding victory, emerging victorious in 159 seats. While the DMK on its own won 133 seats and secured a simple majority, its allies Congress and VCK won 18 and four seats respectively, while CPI and CPI-M bagged two seats each.
The AIADMK -led front bagged the remaining 75 seats–AIADMK (66), PMK (5), BJP (4).
Later, Mr Palaniswami, who is also the joint coordinator of the AIADMK, and Coordinator O Panneerselvam, thanked the voters for their support in the elections.
In a joint statement, they also thanked the party candidates that of allies for their support.
They said the people of the State are well aware that the AIADMK worked for the development of Tamil Nadu while it was in power for 10 years.
Stating that the AIADMK will function as a responsible opposition, they said administration is like a coin, with the ruling party on the one side and the Opposition on the other side.