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Saturday, May 23, 2015

crowds throng Marina to have a glimpse of CM Ms J Jayalalithaa

Two things that will not miss attention in Chennai today – is party cadres in vans, buses, and more …… and Police !

AIADMK general secretary Ms J  Jayalalithaa was sworn in for the fifth time as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu amid celebrations by party cadres and supporters all over the state. She returns to power nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges.  Ms Jayalalithaa took the oath in the name of God in Tamil in a simple function held at the University of Madras Centenary Auditorium in Chennai. Twenty-eight other ministers also took oath in a brief ceremony.

Earlier, she arrived at the venue in a green saree and was welcomed by Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Gnanadesikan with a bouquet. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by BJP leaders including Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and national office bearer of the party H Raja. Actors Rajinikanth, Sarathkumar and eminent music composer Ilayaraja were among the long list of dignitaries who attended the function.

People could be seen swarming the Marina beach right from the morning – there were giant screens set up too, for viewing the swearing-in ceremony.  Traffic naturally came to a grinding halt  - at Marina beach near the Cricket ground,  approx 1.5 km away from the venue, thousands lined up on both sides of the road, patiently waiting for the cavalcade to pass.  As Ms Jayalalithaa’ s car went past slowly and when she waved hands, people roared cheerfully.

Here are some photos taken this morning as the convoy passed by …

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

23rd May 2015.

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