Like Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Edappadi K Palanisamy, who has been elected as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's legislative party leader by the VK Sasikala faction on Tuesday, has a reputation of being a "soft, smiling man".
Sasikala, 61, whose rise in politics has stunned everyone in Tamil Nadu, appointed Edappadi K Palanisamy as leader of the state assembly and expelled Panneerselvam.
The court asked Sasikala to surrender immediately.
Panneerselvam, who took charge of the government after the December 5 death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, vowed to pursue his fight against "one family" controlling the AIADMK - a reference to Sasikala.
The verdict has put a big question mark over Sasikala's political career as even after serving the four-year-long sentence, she would not be able to contest elections for a period of six years.
However her conviction in a corruption case means she can not hold office.
Governor Rao, who was on Monday advised by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to convene a special session of the Legislative Assembly within a week for holding a composite floor test, is yet to take a call on whom to invite to form the government first or to go for a trial of strength in the assembly.
Former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who had claimed that he would be able to prove his majority once the MLAs held in captivity by the Sasikala camp were released, is reportedly losing support as the MLAs who had crossed over to him are having second thoughts about their future.
The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday, January 14, whether V.K. Sasikala - close aide of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa - can be sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
But having become one, Palaniswami, in all probability, may remain a figure head and the reins of the state administration, for all practical purposes, would be with AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran.
But some legislators claimed they were being held hostage, and said they were backing Mr Panneerselvam.
Chennai: Edapaddi K. Palanisami took over as Tamil Nadu's 13th chief minister on Thursday, replacing caretaker CM O. Panneerselvam and ending a political crisis marked by 11 days of bitter infighting and plot twists.
"Ms Sasikala has brought in her nephew to control the party", he added.
Not just Jayalalithaa, he is believed to be an unwavering loyalist of Sasikala too.
Panneerselvam, also known as OPS, vowed to free the state from the clutches of Sasikala and her family.
Expressing anguish over her plight and harsh conditions in which women inmates live in prisons, Pugazhendi said Sasikala woke up early (5 a.m.), did yoga and walked in the barracks for a while.