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Jayalalithaa takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM

Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa was today sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for a third time along with 33 ministers at a glittering function at the Madras University centenary auditorium here.

This was the same venue where she took over as Chief Minister for the first time in 1991.
Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered the oath of office and secrecy.

63-year-old Jayalalithaa and others took the oath in Tamil and in the name of god.
This would be the largest-ever ministry in the state since independence. Jayalalithaa will be retaining the home and police portfolios.

The AIADMK leader had steered the alliance led by her party to a spectacular victory in the elections by winning 200 of the total 234 seats.

Jayalalithaa’s new ministry is a blend of experience and youth. Most of the ministers are making their maiden entry into the state cabinet.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan, among others.

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