“I would rather act as a bridge between the cadre and the Chief Minister (his father),” he said at the party’s new membership inaugural event in Coimbatore.
However, DMK retained Salem North and incumbent MLA Panamarathupatti R Rajendran was elected to power.
Along with him, 33 Cabinet colleagues were also sworn in by Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
While some of the trusted cabinet colleagues of DMK's late supremo M Karunanidhi are no more, a few ex-ministers have lost the elections.
The MLAs will formally elect DMK chief MK Stalin as leader of the party to assume the chief minister's office.