Jaya to be sworn in CM today; Stalin likely to attend function
On Monday , J Jayalalithaa will be sworn in for the sixth time as chief minister of Tamil Nadu at the Centenary Auditorium of Madras University. This will be her second consecutive term a rarity in TN. In a move that could notch down the political acrimony in the state, DMK treasurer M K Stalin has indicated he will attend the swearing-in.
In a communication to the media that sent ripples through political circles, Stalin’s team made it known that he would attend the function.
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu will represent the Centre. Jayalalithaa had invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the oath-taking function, but the PM is on a visit to Iran and Naidu has been asked to represent the Centre, sources said.
Union minister from Tamil Nadu Pon Radhakrishnan is also expected to attend. Jayalalithaa had called on the governor on Saturday to stake her claim to form the government and submitted a tentative list of ministers.
Tamil Nadu has been known for the intensely antagonistic relationship between the AIADMK and DMK which have treated each other as political untouchables with their leaders Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi making it a point not to attend the assembly sessions when the other is in power. On Stalin’s purported move to ac cept the general invitation ex tended to all opposition MLAs, historian Raman Mahadevan said, “This is a good and healthy development for TN politics. The DMK-headed alliance has 98 MLAs in the assembly now, so he has accepted this invitation from a position of strength. On a lighter note, he is probably indirectly conveying a message that next time around, he will be the one who will be sworn in as chief minister.“
Incidentally, this will be the second time that Stalin attends Jayalalithaa’s swearing-in. In 2001, as Chennai mayor, he, along with a few DMK leaders, attended the function.
dinathanthi newspaper 23/05/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx