Jayalalithaa, 67, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centenary Auditorium.

The Governor also administered oath of office to the council of ministers in two batches. Including herself, Jayalalithaa will head a 29-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu Assembly.

While dropping MSM Anand, minister for forests, and P Chendur Pandian (without any portfolio) in the O Panneerselvam cabinet, she retained all other ministers without changing their portfolios.

Jayalalithaa would, among others, look after the home and general administration departments. Panneerselvam will continue to hold the finance and public works portfolios.

The colour green dominated at the swearing-in as Jayalalithaa's saree, the ring on her finger with a big green stone and the backdrop of the stage were all in green.

Her close aide Sasikala too wore a green saree. It was not immediately clear why all this was in green, though it is said to be one of Jayalalithaa's favourite colours.

The swearing-in also created an avoidable controversy after a short version of the national anthem was played on the occasion.

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