Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy’s rise in the AIADMK from a farmer in Salem district to the high chair has been a phenomenal one. He joined the AIADMK in 1974, and remained a party worker for long.
However, what caught Jayalalithaa’s attention was hi9s ‘devotion’. In 1985, he put up a separate party flag mast across the Edappadi region with Amma’s face on it. The separate flag had on it the picture of Jayalalithaa with the words, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader Amma) on it.