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MK Stalin Appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Swearing-in on Friday

DMK president MK Stalin meets Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake claim to form the new government, at Rajbhavan, in Chennai, Wednesday. (PTI)

DMK president MK Stalin meets Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake claim to form the new government, at Rajbhavan, in Chennai, Wednesday. (PTI)

Governor Banwarilal Purohit appointed Stalin as Tamil Nadu CM and invited him to form the ministry and have the swearing-in ceremony on 7 May at Raj Bhavan.

: Governor Banwarilal Purohit appointed DMK president M K Stalin as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after he submitted a letter on his election as legislature party leader, the Raj Bhavan said on Wednesday. Stalin called on Purohit at the Raj Bhavan and "submitted a letter intimating of his election as the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Legislature party."

Governor Purohit appointed him as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and invited him to form the ministry and to have the swearing-in ceremony on 7 May at 9 am at Raj Bhavan, an official release said.

Stalin has already said the ceremony shall be held in a simple manner on the Raj Bhavan premises.

On Tuesday, Stalin was unanimously elected as legislature party leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). “Party president @mkstalin was elected leader of the DMK legislature party," the DMK said on its official twitter handle.

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The meet to elect him was held at headquarters ‘Anna Arivalayam’ and it witnessed participation of 133 newly elected MLAs, including eight from alliance parties like the Vaiko-led MDMK who fought the polls on DMK’s ‘Rising Sun’ symbol. A DMK release said Stalin was unanimously elected as the legislature party leader after his name was proposed by party general secretary Duraimurugan and seconded by principal secretary KN Nehru.

The DMK has won 133 of the total 234 Assembly seats that went to polls on April 6. Some more seats were won by allies, including the Congress that bagged 18 constituencies.

Garnering two-thirds of the 234 seats, the 68-year old Stalin, through his sustained campaign yet again ushered in a victory similar to that of the 2019 Parliamentary election win. The victory did not, however, land in Stalin’s lap and he worked towards it by reaching out to people systematically by targeting the Centre and state governments on many issues.

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first published:May 05, 2021, 20:07 IST