news Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 05:30
  A day after Chennai came to a standstill after AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa made her first public appearance in over seven months, the leader is set to be sworn in as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister for the fifth time on Saturday morning.  Jayalalithaa and 28 ministers to be sworn in along with her will include her most trusted party member, O Paneerselvam, who stepped down as the Chief Minsiter of Tamil Nadu on Friday hours after a legislature party meeting that appointed Jayalalithaa as its leader.  Apart from OPS, most of her old Cabinet will be sworn in except for MSM Anandan, the Forest Minister and P Chendur Pandian who have been dropped from the list.  BJP leader and Union Minister, Pon Radhkrishnan is expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to be held at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. According to Times of India, Venkaiah Naidu, the Parliamentary affairs minister and Ravishankar Prasad, the minister for communications along with Tamil Nadu's BJP leaders, H Raja and L Ganesan are expected to attend the event.  What can commuters expect today? Roads leading to the auditorium in Chepauk have already been blocked for the 11 a.m ceremony with a sizeable presence of police men and party cadres along roads. With many diversions near Beach road and Poes Garden - roads leading from her house to the auditorium, traffic jams are expected in a repeat from Friday.    An AIADMK supporter's car ( Photo from @Ahmedshabbir20)  Friday saw a busy day both for the AIADMK and the Chennai city as such, with Jayalalithaa’s first step out of her Poes Garden residence since last year. Not only was Poes Garden adorned with energetic supporters, the city saw an unprecedented display of party support with vehicles carrying AIADMK supporters and flags making their presence felt everywhere Jayalalithaa was set to pass by. However, those affected most on Friday were common citizens commuting along clogged roads near Anna Salai and Beach road. With unusual traffic on these roads after non-peak hours, the extra presence of police men were used to cordon off the roads leaving vehicles waiting in hot, humid weather as Jayalalithaa’s convoy passed.  (Image courtesy: IANS)