Jayalalithaa takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM

The AIADMK-led front bagged 201 seats in the 234-member Assembly.

Last Updated: May 16, 2011, 16:15 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, who led her party to a landslide victory in the recent Assembly Elections in Tamil Nadu, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of the state for a third substantive term on Monday.

State Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered the oath of secrecy to Jayalalithaa at Madras University Hall here.

The AIADMK-led front bagged 201 seats in the 234-member House and gave a crushing defeat to the DMK front that won 31 seats.

Among the high-profile political leaders present at the swearing-in ceremony were Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, CPI national secretary D Raja and TDP chief Chandra Babu Naidu.

Governor Barnala had on Sunday approved the allocation of portfolios as recommended by the Chief Minister-designate.

At least 25 members of the Jayalalithaa Cabinet are new faces.

Compared to the outgoing DMK government, the AIADMK government will have additional four ministers.

Jayalalithaa will hold the home, police, general administration and prevention of corruption departments, among others.

Reports suggest that former chief minister O Pannerselvam has been allotted the finance portfolio while another senior leader, KA Sengottaiyan, will get agriculture.

Natham R Viswanathan will look after power, prohibition and excise.

Apart from Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK government will have two women ministers – S Gokula Indira (commercial taxes and registration) and Selvi Ramajayam (social welfare).

The following are the other ministers and their portfolios:

  • C Shanmugavelu – Industries
  • SS Krishnamoorthy – Food
  • C Karuppasamy - Animal husbandry
  • KP Munisamy - Municipal administration, Rural development
  • R Vaithilingam - Housing and Urban Development
  • Sellur K Raju – Cooperation
  • P Palaniappan - Higher education
  • KT Pachamal – Forests
  • Edappadi K Palanisamy - Highways and minor ports
  • C Ve Shanmugam - School education
  • SP Velumani - Special programme implementation
  • TKM Chinnayya - Backward classes
  • MC Sampath - Rural industries
  • G Senthamizhan – Information
  • KV Ramalingam - Public works
  • SP Shanmuganathan - Hindu religious and charitable endowments
  • P Thangamani – Revenue
  • BV Ramanaa - Handlooms and textiles
  • RB Udhayakumar - Information and technology
  • N Subramanian - Adi dravidar and tribal welfare
  • V Senthil Balaji – Transport
  • N Mariyam Pichai – Environment
  • KA Jayapal – Fisheries
  • E Subaya - Law, courts and prisons
  • Budhichandhiran – Tourism
  • ST Chellapandian – Labour
  • VS Vijay – Health
  • NR Sivapathi - Sports and Youth Welfare