CM starts foreign trip, says he will bring investments to TN

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who started his three country trip today, said that his foreign visits are aimed at bringing in more investments to the State. 

Speaking to reporters at the Chennai airport, he said, “I am not a business man but a normal farmer. I am embarking on this trip for the benefit of the people.”

A high level delegation of Ministers and officials accompanied the CM, who will visit the United Kingdom, the United States and Dubai.

During his visit to London, the State government is expected to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in the health sector. He will also inspect the ambulance service and the steps taken to control the spread of Malaria there.

During his foreign sojourn, the first by a chief minister of the state in decades, Palaniswami will sign various pacts and return home on September 10, an official release said.

Palaniswami, considered a lightweight when he was anointed by V K Sasikala (now jailed) in February 2017 following a rebellion against her by O Panneerselvam, is strengthening his hold within the party as it braces itself to face the Assembly elections due in 2021.

On September 1, he will leave London for New York, where he is scheduled to interact with representatives of Tamil entrepreneurs in the US and the Tamil diaspora. He will also meet officials from Caterpillar and Ford.