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 - Chennai To Soon Get 2nd Airport Soon. All You Need To Know About Rs 20,000 Crore Project

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 - Publish Photos of President Murmu, PM Modi in Chess Olympiad Ads: Madras High Court Tells Tamil Nadu Govt

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: Class 12 Student Dies By Suicide in Cuddalore, Second Such Case in 24 Hours 

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.