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By NewsGram Staff Writer

AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa was today sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time.

She was administered the oath of office by the Governor K Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Along with Jayalalithaa, 28 other ministers also took the oath. The ceremony was attended by actor Rajinikanth, ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.

In a meeting on Friday, 67-year old Jayalalithaa was elected as the leader of the legislative party by the chairman of the party presidium E Madusudanan and the law makers at the party headquarters.

Panneerselvam, the treasurer of the party, moved a resolution proposing her name as the Party leader, which was endorsed by Electricity Minister Natham R Vishwanathan, and was then made public.

In the year 2011, the AIADMK party won the elections and Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister. After being convicted in the Bangalore High court, Panneerselvam overtook her position and became the next Chief Minster. She was enforced to resign as the Chief Minster over the 18-year old disproportionate assets case.

Large hoardings with the message of “Welcome Mother (Varuga Thaye)”, “Dharma has won”, were put in various parts of the city.

The roads were decorated with festoons, mango leaves and party flags thereby spreading the message of her return in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly. She will hold the portfolios of home, police, public, all India services, general administration and district revenue officers. Many old faces including Panneerselvam as Minister of Finance, Natham R Viswanathan as Electricity Minister and R Vaithilingam as Housing Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami and P Mohan have been retained by her in the governing council.

 

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)