Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi sold tea as a young boy but did you know that Tamil Nadu's current Chief Minister O Panneerselvam also was the owner of a tea stall. Before he entered the world of politics, Panneerselvam was a humble tea seller.
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O P S, as he is popularly referred to in Tamil Nadu discontinued his bachelor's degree in Economics and set up a tea stall. Politics at the tea stall is a popular idea in Tamil Nadu and for Panneerselvam it became a reality. Panneerselvam's his close friend Salvuddin encouraged him to enter politics. He became the Chairman of Periyakulam Municipality in 1996 and has not looked back ever since.
Jayalalithaa's Man Friday and AIADMK's obvious choice as successor to the party, O Panneerselvam was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the very first time in September 2001. This after the Supreme Court barred J Jayalalithaa from holding office of Chief Minister. While he was criticised for being a 'puppet Chief Minister', he cemented his position as a Jayalalithaa loyalist more than an AIADMK worker.