Jayalalitha sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister

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Old 17-May-2011
Jayalalitha sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister

Chennai: The All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary J. Jayalalitha, 63, was Monday sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister for a third time at a packed hall at Madras University as thousands lined the nearby roads.

She was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala. Jayalalitha will head a 34-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly.

Barnala also administered the oath of office to the council of ministers, days after the AIADMK-led alliance dealt a crushing blow to the DMK-led alliance led by veteran M. Karunanidhi.

Invited guests

Senior politicians such as Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as well as Tamil film personalities were present at the event.

The swearing-in ceremony was also attended by Communist Party of India (CPI) leader A.B. Bardhan, DMDK leaders A. Vijayakanth and Panrutti S. Ramachandran, SMK leader R. Sarathkumar and his wife Radhika.

Chief Justice of Madras High Court M.Y. Eqbal, other judges and members of the Bar Council also attended. All those who were present at the hall, including Jayalalitha, had a hearty laugh when C. Karuppasamy took the oath in a loud rhythmic staccato voice as the minister of animal husbandry.

A large number of people gathered at the venue. They lined both sides of the road, starting from Jayalalitha's residence at Poes Garden and along the Kamaraj Salai on the Marina till the Madras University campus. Two giant screens were installed outside the venue for people to view the swearing-in ceremony.

Leaders of rival camps the DMK, Congress and the PMK stayed away from the swearing-in ceremony.

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