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K Rosaiah sworn in as Tamil Nadu Governor

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Updated: August 31, 2011, 6:36 PM IST
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K Rosaiah sworn in as Tamil Nadu Governor
Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah is the twenty second Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Chennai: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah was on Wednesday sworn-in as the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Madras High Court Chief Justice MY Eqbal administered the oath of office to Rosaiah at a function in Raj Bhavan in Chennai. He succeeds Surjit Singh Barnala.

The brief function was attended by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her cabinet colleagues among others. Soon after he was sworn-in, Jayalalithaa and Justice Eqbal presented bouquets to him.

Seventy eight-year old Rosaiah, a veteran Congress leader of Andhra Pradesh, brings with him a vast political and ministerial experience having served as Chief Minister from September 3, 2009, to November 24, 2010, besides being a minister in successive Congress governments in the state since 1979.

Rosaiah became Chief Minister following the death of YS Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash. After tumultuous 14 months as CM during which he faced the twin challenges posed by Telanagana movement and the then dissident leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy, he quit the top post on health grounds paving the way for incumbent Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Born in a middle class agricultural family at Vemuru in Guntur district on July 4, 1933, Rosaiah did graduation in Commerce and was active in politics since his student days.

Belonging to Vaishya community, he was first elected to AP Legislative Council in 1968 and became a minister in 1979 under late M Channa Reddy who incidentally was Tamil Nadu Governor during AIADMK's first government in 1991-96.

Rosaiah, initiated into politics by veteran freedom fighter late NG Ranga, is the 22nd Governor of Tamil Nadu.

First Published: August 31, 2011, 6:36 PM IST
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