MK Stalin's CM oath-taking ceremony tomorrow; 34 cabinet ministers announced
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin on Thursday released a list of 34 ministers who will be part of his cabinet. On Wednesday, Stalin was invited by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to form the government in the state after the DMK's victory in the recent polls. Stalin will take his oath as the state's Chief Minister on Friday. Here are more details.
Stalin himself will hold key portfolios of Police and Home. Former Chennai Mayor Ma Subramanian will be the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare. Palanivel Thiagarajan (PTR) will be the Minister for Finance. The only two women members on the cabinet—Geetha Jeevan and N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj—have been appointed as ministers for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment and Adi Dravidar Welfare, respectively.
Stalin will take his oath as the Tamil Nadu CM at the residence of Governor Purohit at 9 am on Friday. The ceremony will be a low-key affair in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged the state as infections continue to hit record highs daily. Less than 300 members have been invited to the event.
The DMK won the recent state Assembly elections, bagging 133 seats in the 234-member Legislative Assembly. The DMK-led alliance has won a total of 159 seats. The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), on the other hand, managed to secure 66 seats. The Congress won 18 seats, the PMK won five, while the BJP and the VCK won four seats each.