Jayalithaa to be sworn in CM on 23 May for fourth time

Big relief Jayalalithaa can breathe easy as few are willing to challenge her acquittal for political reasons

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa will become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time. The oath taking ceremony will likely be on 23 May, according to sources.

Top officials of the state, including the chief secretary, director general of olice and the commissioner of police met recently to make arrangements for Jayalalithaa’s oath taking ceremony. 

When contacted, AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi said: “It [swearing-in] is likely to be held on May 23. We are awaiting confirmation from our headquarters. All of us are eager to see Amma as the chief minister again.”

The ruling partymen across Tamil Nadu have been preparing for her return. Several posters have sprung up across the city, including RK Nagar, from where many believe Jayalalithaa.

The AIADMK supremo was acquitted of corruption charges on May 11.

On 22 May, the AIADMK will hold a meeting of all MLAs wherein present chief minister O Paneerselvam will give his resignation letter to the Governor.

“Jayalalithaa will be sworn-in as chief minister again on May 23. Chief minister O Panneerselvam will step down on May 22,” the spokesperson said.

“Party cadre will turn up in large numbers to welcome her on Friday,” said a party source, referring to her first public appearance in months.

Jayalalithaa may also meet the Tamil Nadu Governor before that, said a party source, adding that the programme is not confirmed as yet.

Meanwhile, DMK chief M Karunanidhi has been mounting pressure on the Karnataka government to challenge the Karnataka High Court judgement acquitting J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case.

The legal experts, activists and journalists have pointed out various loopholes and discrepancies in the Karnataka High Court verdict that acquitted Jayalalithaa, the DMK patriarch said.

One will have to wait for Karnataka government’s move to fight corruption in high places. The statement came at a time when the AIADMK supremo is gearing up to assume office of the chief minister once again.


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