Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Jayalalithaa sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

23 May 2015 | 11:12 AM

CHENNAI: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Saturday along with 28 ministers, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges.

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Chennai, May 23

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Saturday along with 28 ministers, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges.

The 67-year-old Jayalalithaa was elected the legislature party leader at a meeting of party MLAs yesterday, 11 days after she was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in a disproportionate assets case.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium.

Jayalalithaa has retained old faces when she was the CM during 2011-14. This includes her trusted aide O Panneerselvam as Minister of Finance, Natham R Viswanathan as Electricity Minister and R Vaithilingam as Housing Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami and P Mohan. The three held the same portfolios in the outgoing Panneerselvam cabinet.

Barring three, including MSM Anandan who was the Forest Minister in Panneerselvam Cabinet, all others figure in the official list of Ministers released by Raj Bhavan.

P Chendur Pandian, who is ill and designated Minister without portfolio in the Panneerselvam cabinet, and Agri Krishnamurthy, who was arrested over the suicide of an official, are the two others who have been omitted.

Jayalalithaa will hold the portfolios of home, police, public, all India services, general administration and district revenue officers.

“The Governor has approved the recommendation made by Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister-designate, regarding allocation of portfolios among the Council of Ministers,” an official Raj Bhavan release said here.

Edappadi K Palaniswami, who was Minister for Highways and Minor Ports in the outgoing cabinet, will now also hold the portfolio of Forest previously held by Anandan. Jayalalithaa met the Governor and submitted a list of names for inclusion in her Cabinet. She also paid tribute to leaders, including party founder MG Ramachandran.  Agencies

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