AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa will be sworn in as the Chief Minister on Monday at the Madras University in Chennai. DMK treasurer M K Stalin will be attending the ceremony with other MLAs of his party.
Jayalalithaa will be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the sixth time and this will be her second consecutive term. After MGR in 1987, Jayalalithaa is the first CM to break the anti-incumbency jinx.
Moreover, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be attending the ceremony and will be representing the Centre. Apparently, Jayalalithaa had invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the swearing in ceremony but could not as he is on a trip to Iran.
Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan is also expected to attend the ceremony. On Saturday, she had staked claim from the governor to form the government and had also submitted a tentative list of state cabinet ministers.
Some historians feel that it is a positive move by Stalin to attend the ceremony. According to Times of India, in the past both DMK and AIADMK had made it a point not to attend the assembly sessions when the other is in power but things seems to be changing now. DMK is portraying itself as a strong opposition party.
Stalin had also attended the swearing ceremony of Jayalalithaa in 2001 along with few DMK leaders. However, Karunanidhi did not greet Jayalalithaa for the victory.
Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah will administer the swearing ceremony of the Chief Minister and 28 members of the cabinet. The ceremony is expected to begin at 12 noon.