J Jayalalithaa will be sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Monday, bringing the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)–led government in for a second consecutive term.
This will be the first time in three decades that a party has immediately returned for a second term after former chief minister MG Ramachandra Menon did so in 1987.
This is also Jayalalithaa’s sixth time as chief minister.
The swearing in ceremony will take place at the Centenary Auditorium at the Madras University at 12 noon and will be administered by state governor K Rosaiah. Twenty eight others will also be sworn in as members of the cabinet.
AIADMK MLA and former MP, Semmalai, will be the pro-term speaker for the 15th Assembly.
In the May 16 assembly polls, Jayalalithaa’s party registered a major win, bagging 134 seats.
AIADMK’s main rival, DMK, increased its tally to 89, and along with its allies (Congress eight, and IUML one) has 98 members in the 15th assembly that will be constituted.
Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu will attend the ceremony on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government.
In another first, the DMK will also attend the swearing in, to be represented by party treasurer MK Stalin.
Party workers have been streaming into the state capital to celebrate the AIADMK’s win and possibly catch a glimpse of their leader.
The ceremony will be relayed live across all districts through digi screen-equipped mobile vans by the state information and public relation department.