AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa got down to business soon after being sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time on Monday, beginning her overhauling of the DMK regime.
Keeping for herself the important departments of police and home, prevention of corruption, and general administration, the CM shunted out chief secretary S Malathi and Chennai police commissioner T Rajendran on Monday itself.Malathi was replaced by chairman of the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Debendranath Sarangi while inspector general (prisons) JK Tripathy was appointed as the new police chief of Chennai.
Jayalalithaa also effected top-level bureaucratic changes and refurbished the chief minister's office with officers of her choice.
The AIADMK chief had maintained all through her election campaign that the "corrupt rule" of the scam-tainted DMK would be replaced by an honest and efficient administration.
Jayalalithaa led the ADMK alliance to a historic victory - winning 204 of the 234 seats in the assembly.
In the largest-ever ministry in the state since Independence, she announced the formation of a cabinet, in which only nine of the 33 ministers who took the oath, have held ministries before.
While the DMK and the Congress leadership gave the swearing-in ceremony a miss, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who had been sent a special invitation by Jayalalithaa, walked in to the loudest applause.
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Nadu, CPI general secretary AB Bardhan and CPI national secretary D Raja were among other leaders present. Another leader who air-dashed to Chennai was the Rashtriya Lok Dal's Ajit Singh.
The arrival of Vijayakanth, the actor-turned-politician and DMDK chief, was also greeted with cheers.
Outside the venue of the swearing-in ceremony on the Madras University campus, giant television screens beamed the proceedings live to the thousands of supporters who had gathered for the event.
Many pass-holding invitees could not enter.
"We did not expect so many people to congregate," said a police official who was struggling to manage the crowds.
With agency inputs