Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News May 7 Highlights: DMK president M K Stalin was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhawan in Chennai on Friday. He was administered the oath by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Along with Stalin, 33 other ministers from his party also took the oath. The oath-taking ceremony was carried out following all Covid protocols. and less than 300 people were invited for the ceremony.
On Thursday, Purohit approved the recommendations made by Stalin regarding MLAs to be appointed ministers and their portfolios. Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi does not figure in the list of ministers. DMK had fought the elections with its allies and got an absolute majority on its own.
Stalin will hold several portfolios including Home, General Administration, Special Initiatives, Special Programme Implementation and Welfare of Differently-Abled Persons. His cabinet promises to be a balanced one featuring both the youth and the experienced. Many former ministers have been inducted into the Stalin-led cabinet with some of them being given different portfolios this time around. This will be the sixth time the chief minister will be from the DMK since 1967, when party founder C N Annadurai was first elected to the post. Stalin’s father M Karunanidhi held the post thereafter.
DMK won 133 seats on its own in the 234-member assembly and fought the polls in alliance with some other parties including Congress.