Y S Jaganmohan Reddy Thursday became the second Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh since its bifurcation after he was administered the oath of office by Governor E S L Narasimhan at a ceremony in Vijayawada’s IGMC Stadium. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and DMK president M K Stalin were among the dignitaries who attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Narendra Modi was also invited by Jagan when the two met last Sunday, but the Prime Minister couldn’t make it as the date coincided with his own swearing-in ceremony. And Jagan’s predecessor Chandrababu Naidu, who was invited over phone by the YSRCP chief, decided to stay away from the event.
Preparations for the event took a hit after heavy rains lashed Vijayawada on Wednesday night. The showers left behind a grubby mess at IGMC Stadium, the venue for today’s ceremony. Besides the stadium grounds turning into a mushy mix of rainwater and soil, strong winds left the YSR Congress Party paraphernalia adorning the stands in disarray.
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Elaborate security arrangements, with about 5,000 police personnel in deployment, have been made in Vijayawada city for the swearing-in ceremony, according to the Commissioner of Police Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao.
While the stadium could hold about 30,000 people, LED screens were being arranged across the city for people to witness the event, he said.
For the first time, special arrangements have been made at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi for live streaming of the swearing-in ceremony.
Ambassadors of various countries, representatives from unilateral and multi-lateral agencies, international donor agencies, industry associations, multinational corporations and international media have been invited to witness the event at the AP Bhavan, according to Resident Commissioner Praveen Prakash.
After taking oath, Reddy is expected to specially address the invited dignitaries through the video link and present his vision and mission for building a new Andhra Pradesh.
He is also likely to make some key announcements for the people of the state, mainly related to the YSRCs Navaratnalu, the nine major electoral promises, party sources said.
On the eve of his swearing-in, the YSRC chief visited the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala Wednesday morning and offered prayers.
He then went to Kadapa town and offered prayers at the famous Amin Peer (Pedda) Dargah and presented a chadar. The chief minister-designate and his family members later took part in the prayer service at the CSI Church in his hometown Pulivendula.
He drove down to the YS family estate in Idupulapaya and paid obeisance at the grave of his late father and former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
On his return to Vijayawada, he went to Indrakeeladri and worshipped Goddess Kanaka Durga, the presiding deity of the city.
The YSR Congress bagged 151 of the 175 seats in the state Assembly, decimating the TDP headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, who became the first chief minister of the state after it was bifurcated to carve out Telangana five years ago. YSRC also won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
with PTI inputs