Jayalalithaa was sworn in as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, for the second consecutive term, on Monday. Twenty-eight ministers were sworn in along with her at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium in Chennai.
This will be her sixth term as Chief Minister.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated the AIADMK supremo via Twitter:
Announces Slew of New Measures
Soon after she assumed office, freebies and schemes came pouring in:
- 100 units of free electricity to be distributed right from Monday.
- Free breakfast scheme for children in government schools.
- 500 liquor shops in Tamil Nadu will be closed. Liquor shops will be open from 12 noon to 10 pm from now as opposed to the previous 10 am to 10 pm.
- Loan waiver for farmers in the state.
- Eight gram gold to women for mangalsutra.
The stately auditorium has a special significance for Jayalalithaa, as she was first sworn-in as CM here on 24 June 1991 by the then Governor Bhishma Narain Singh. In 2011 too, she took the oath of office at the same premises, while in 2001, the swearing-in ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan.