Jayalalithaa resumes office as Tamil Nadu CM for fifth term, announces five new schemes

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa began work from the Secretariat on Sunday.

Jayalalithaa resumes office as Tamil Nadu CM  for fifth term, announces five new schemes

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa began work from the Secretariat on Sunday.

A day after taking oath as the state CM for the fifth time, she announced five new schemes which include a housing project for poor families.

Among other noteworthy announcements included the launch of 201 Amma canteens across Tamil Nadu, a Rs 100 crore job plan for families headed by women, and a Rs 1800 crore road development project.

Jayalalithaa also inaugurated police headquarters on the first day of her new term.

The AIADMK leader was sworn in as Tamil CM, a fortnight after being acquitted her in a corruption case by Karnataka High Court.

Jayalalithaa, 67, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centenary Auditorium.

The governor also administered oath of office to the council of ministers in two batches. Including herself, Jayalalithaa is heading a 29-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Panneerselvam, who had then replaced Jayalalithaa as chief minister following the conviction by a Bengaluru court, will continue to hold the finance and public works portfolios.

The AIADMK had won the 2011 assembly election and Jayalalithaa was subsequently sworn in as chief minister.

In September 2014, she was disqualified after a Bengaluru court sentenced her to a four-year jail term and fined her Rs.100 crore in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case.

The Karnataka High Court upheld her appeal and acquitted her of all charges.

AIADMK lawmakers, at a meeting at the party headquarters on Friday, elected Jayalalithaa as leader of the legislature party.

Subsequently, Panneerselvam resigned as chief minister, as did his council of ministers. Governor Rosaiah then invited Jayalalithaa to form the government.

(With Agency Inputs)

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