Edappadi rocks in London, stylish pics go viral: Who is behind image makeover?

For the first time, pictures of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in coat, suit and tie have stormed the internet, especially social media, and have become viral.

On his first day of visit to London,Palaniswami signed three key partnership agreements in the health sector.  The first was a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Tamil Nadu government and the International Skills Development Corporation, leading skill developers in the field of medicine, to develop the skills of healthcare staff in the State.

The second was also an MoU, with the King’s College London, which intends to establish a branch in Tamil Nadu. The third was a Statement of Intent, signed with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Sources say a team of style and grooming experts specially worked on the image makeover of Palaniswami in a a bid to project himself on par with global leaders. Shoring up Palaniswami’s efforts, his senior Cabinet colleague, D Jayakumar has asserted that the Chief Minister’s trip was only taking forward the eco-system for FDI, firmly established by their predecessor Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa.

 ‘Amma’ had set the entire country wondering when American global car maker Ford decided to put up its first plant near Chennai in early 1990s’. Subsequently, there was a flood of foreign investments into Tamil Nadu, he added.

The CM is expected to visit the advanced dairy units in UK and USA  as part of his  initiative to set up a world class dairy unit in  Salem. The verbal duel between the chief minister and leader of the opposition Stalin peaked as the former boarded the aircraft from Chennai airport late on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, suspended Congress leader Karate R Thiagarajan on Thursday joined issue with Stalin who had earlier questioned the “intent” behind Palaniswami’s overseas visit.

“When DMK president Stalin was the local administration minister, he left for Bangkok with a friend on November 1, 2007. The fact that Stalin was leaving abroad came to the knowledge of his father and the then chief minister, M Karunanidhi, only after Stalin reached the airport. He had also not obtained the requisite permission from the Centre and this had set off controversy then,” Thiagarajan said in a statement.