Armed with the acquittal order from the Karnataka high court, the AIADMK supremo is taking charge of Tamil Nadu once again, ending eleven days of speculation since she got a clean chit from the court. Jayalalithaa will be sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Saturday, for the fifth time.
Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah on Friday accepted the resignation of chief minister O Panneerselvam and invited AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa to form the new government. She along with 28 other ministers will be sworn in at 11 am.
Earlier, Jayalalithaa was elected unanimously as AIADMK legislative partyleader at a meeting of her party MLAs here. Jayalalithaa will be coming back to power nearly eight months after she was forced to quit, being convicted in the DA case.
Jayalalithaa had retained old faces when she was chief minister during 2011-14. This includes her trusted aide O Panneerselvam as minister of finance, Natham R Viswanathan as electricity minister and R Vaithilingam as housing minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami and P Mohan.
“The governor has approved the recommendation made by J Jayalalithaa, chief minister-designate, regarding allocation of portfolios among the council of ministers,” an official Raj Bhavan release said here.
On Friday afternoon, Jayalalithaa had called on the Governor and submitted a list of names for inclusion in the Cabinet to be led by her. After her meeting, she went to pay floral tributes to leaders including party founder MG Ramachandran, C N Annadurai and E V Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar.