Karunanidhi sworn in as TN CM

Updated on May 18, 2006 08:59 AM IST

The DMK chief who took oath as CM for the fifth time, said he was accepting the responsibility to serve people.

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DMK president Muthuvel Karunanidhi was sworn in Chennai on Saturday as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time, two days after leading his alliance to a grand victory in the assembly elections.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the veteran politician as tens of thousands of supporters cheered him at a packed Nehru Indoor Stadium.

Also sworn in among 30 ministers was Karunanidhi's son and former Chennai Mayor MK Stalin, who is becoming a minister for the first time and who is seen as the heir apparent to the DMK chief.

Karunanidhi will head Tamil Nadu's first minority government, prompting warnings from ousted chief minister and AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha that the DMK government will not last long.

The new government enjoys the legislative backing of the Congress, the PMK, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), all of which contested the May 8 elections together.

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