AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa has sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister for second consecutive term at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium at 12 noon today.
Earlier in the day, AIADMK supporters throng the streets of Chennai while Jayalalithaa’s motorcade passes through.
The AIADMK chief had proved the exit polls wrong to come back to power by winning 134 seats in the 234 member assembly. Since the death of former chief minister MGR, in 1987, this is for the first time that a party will return to power for a consecutive second term in Tamil Nadu.
The Madras University Centenary Auditorium was all decked up for the swearing-in ceremony of 68-year-old leader, who sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for the sixth time. She sworn-in today for a second consecutive tenure along with 28 ministers.
She took the oath of office at the same premises in 2011. The interiors and exteriors of the auditorium was spruced up and decorated. The building has also been illuminated by glittering ornamental lights at night, since yesterday.
J. Jayalalithaa had met Governor K. Rosaiah on 21st of this month and formally staked claim to form the next government in the state.
An official statement issued by the governor’s principal secretary had said Jayalalithaa met Rosaiah at the Raj Bhavan here and gave him a copy of the resolution passed by the party’s newly elected legislators electing her as AIADMK legislative party leader.
As Rosaiah invited her to form the next government, Jayalalithaa gave him a list of 29 legislators who can be appointed as ministers in the state cabinet.
The proposed ministers and their portfolios are:
J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister, (portfolios of public, IAS, IPS, Indian Forest Service, general administration, district revenue officers, police and home).
O. Panneerselvam, minister for finance; Dindugal C. Srinivasan, minister for forests; Edapaddi K. Palaniswami, minister for public works, highways and minor ports; Sellur K. Raju, minister for cooperation and labour; P. Thangamani, minister for electricity, prohibition and excise; S.P. Velumani, minister for municipal administration, rural development and implementation of special programmes; and D. Jayakumar, minister for fisheries.
Others are C.Ve. Shanmugam, minister for law, courts and prisons; K.P. Anbazhagan, minister for higher education; V. Saroja, minister for social welfare; K.C. Karuppannan, minister for environment; M.C. Sampath, minister for industries; R. Kamaraj, minister for food, civil supplies and Hindu religions and charitable endowments; and O.S. Manian, minister for handlooms and textiles;
The list includes Udumalai Radhakrishnan, minister for housing and urban development; C. Vijaya Baskar, minister for health and family welfare; S.P. Shanmuganathan, minister for milk and dairy development; R. Duraikannu, minister for agriculture and animal husbandry; K. Kadambur Raju, minister for information and publicity; R.B. Udhayakumar, minister for revenue; and K.T. Rajenthra Balaji, minister for rural industries.
Others on the list are K.C. Veeramani, minister for commercial taxes; P. Benjamin, minister for school education, sports and youth welfare; Vellamandi N. Natarajan, minister for tourism; S. Valarmathi, minister for backward classes and minorities welfare; V.M. Rajalakshmi, minister for adi dravider and tribal welfare; M. Manikandan, minister for information technology; and M.R. Vijayabaskar, minister for transport.