Chennai: In a low-key affair, DMK chief Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin, who led his party to a huge victory in the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021, was sworn in as Chief Minister on Friday. Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to 68-year old Stalin, for whom this would be the first stint as CM. Also Read - Mamata Moves Calcutta HC Challenging Nandigram Poll Loss Against Suvendu, Hearing Today
AIADMK top leader O Panneerselvam, leaders from alliance parties including Congress’s P Chidambaram, MDMK chief Vaiko and top state officials took part in the ceremony. Moreover, the oath-taking ceremony witnessed adherence to COVID-19 guidelines including wearing masks. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown: State Eases Curbs, Allows Liquor Shops to Open Till 5 PM in 27 Districts
Interestingly, the new Tamil Nadu Cabinet will have some unusual names banded together as Stalin has proposed KN Nehru’s name for the portfolio of Minister for Municipal Administration in charge of Urban and Water Supply and R Gandhi’s name for Handlooms and Textiles, Khadi and Village Industries Board, and Boodhan and Gramadhan. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extended Till June 21; Salons, Parlours to Remain Open Till 5 PM | Check Latest Guidelines Here
In the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, R Gandhi was elected from Ranipet constituency as a DMK candidate first in 1996. Gandhi, along with his wife and son, was among several DMK ministers who were charged with holding disproportionate assets. The charges were later quashed by the courts due to a lack of evidence.
Another potential minister is KN Nehru who is DMK ‘s principal secretary and party veteran. He contested the fifth straight elections from Tiruchi West constituency. The veteran leader was named after Jawaharlal Nehru by his father, who was a staunch Congressman. However, the family later shifted allegiance to the DMK in the late 1960s and Nehru has been a strongman of the party since he won his first elections in 1989.