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Rangasamy to take oath on May 18

N Rangasamy will be sworn in as the CM for the second successive term.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 08:56 IST

N Rangasamy is likely to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Pondicherry for the second successive term on Thursday.

An official source said that while Rangasamy would take charge on May 18, other members of his cabinet would be sworn in on a later date.

Rangasamy had already presented a letter to Lt Governor MM Lakhera staking claim to form the government following his unanimous election as the Congress Legislature Party leader.

Under the Union Territory Act,the President of India has to appoint the Chief Minister and the council of ministers and the announcement was yet to come.

Meanwhile, Rangasamy, along with the Pondicherry PCC leader P Shanmugham and the General Secretaryof the All India Congress Committee V Narayanasamy MP have left for Delhi.

The former chief minister V Vathilingam was summoned to Delhi last night by AICC.

These leaders would hold discussions with the AICC to finalise the ministry, which usually is a six-member cabinet, including the Chief Minister.

The Congress, which has 10 members on its own in the 30-member Assembly, is forming the minority ministry with the outside support of allies Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (having seven members), Pattali Makkal Katchi (two members) and the Commmunist Party of India (one member).

First Published: May 15, 2006 13:25 IST