Chennai: Actor-turned politician Jayalalithaa was on Monday sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time. Jaya took oath along with 33 other cabinet colleagues.

The swearing-in ceremony of the 63-year-old leader took place at the historic Madras University's centenary auditorium at 12.15 PM where Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and CPI general secretary A B Bardhan were present.

In keeping with Tamil Nadu's political practice, it is a single-party government despite AIADMK winning the elections in alliance with some other parties.
 
While 25 of the 34 members sworn-in are youngsters and new faces, it also include veterans like O Pannerselvam who was chief minister for a short time in 2001 when she could not assume the post because of legal problems. He will hold Finance now.

The other old-timers include K A Sengottaiyan (Agriculture). However, other stalwarts including Jaya Kumar and Valarmathi do not find a place in the Cabinet.

Jayalalithaa steered the AIADMK alliance to a spectacular victory in the elections by winning 200 of the total 234 seats.

After meeting the Governor on Saturday, the AIADMK chief had said her immediate priorities as Chief Minister would be to restore law and order and economy of the state "which has derailed" and control prices.


"It is almost like having gone back to dark ages," said Jayalalilthaa, who had earlier ruled the state in 1991-96 and 2001-06, adding the state had to be brought back to the path of growth, development and prosperity.

Narendra Modi who was present at the oath-taking ceremony also hailed AIADMK's victory in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, saying that the party's win "will influence national politics in the fight against corruption".


"The great victory has significance and is not limited to Tamil Nadu," he told reporters here, congratulating the people of Tamil Nadu.

Agencies