The Rangasamy ministry in Puducherry was expanded on Sunday, with the induction of one more minister, taking the strength of the nearly four-month-old All India (NR) Congress government to six.
Lt Governor Dr Iqbal Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy at a function held at Rajnivas to 59-year-old T Thiagarajan who took the oath in Tamil in the name of God.
Chief minister N Rangasmy, his cabinet colleagues, Speaker V Sababapthy, legislators of the ruling AINRC and lone Independent member V M C Sivakumar were among those who greeted Thiagarajan who was elected to the assembly from the Bahoor constituency.
Legislators belonging to the opposition Congress, DMK and AIADMK were conspicuous by their absence at the swearing-in.
Earlier the Chief Secretary to Puducherry government M Sathiyavathy read out the presidential notification issued on September 2 containing the warrant of appointment of Thiagarajan as Minister.
This is the second expansion of the ministry after four ministers were inducted on June 8.
Rangasamy, who ended the reign of his former party Congress in a stunning electoral debut for his AINRC was sworn in as Chief Minister for a third term on May 16.
Puducherry traditionally has a six-member ministry including the Chief Minister.