Jagan Mohan Reddy takes oath as Andhra Chief Minister
YSR Congress chief Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy has taken oath as the second chief minister of Andhra Pradesh post its bifurcation.
Governor E S L Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy at 12.23 pm in a grand public function at the IGMC Stadium in nearby Vijayawada, to the 46-year-old leader who led his party to a resounding victory in the recent Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The YSR Congress bagged 151 of the 175 seats in the state Assembly, decimating the TDP headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, who became the first chief minister of the state after it was bifurcated to carve out Telangana five years ago. YSRC won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats. Governor Narasimhan arrived in Vijayawada from Hyderabad on Thursday while his Council of Ministers is likely to be constituted on June 7, party sources said. For the first time, special arrangements were made at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi for live streaming of the swearing-in ceremony.
After taking oath, Reddy is expected to specially address the invited dignitaries through the video link and present his vision and mission for building a new Andhra Pradesh. He is also likely to make some key announcements for the people of the state, mainly related to the YSRCs Navaratnalu, the nine major electoral promises, party sources said. On the eve of his swearing-in, the YSRC chief visited the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala Wednesday morning and offered prayers. He then went to Kadapa town and offered prayers at the famous Amin Peer (Pedda) Dargah and presented a chadar. The chief minister-designate and his family members later took part in the prayer service at the CSI Church in his hometown Pulivendula. He drove down to the YS family estate in Idupulapaya and paid obeisance at the grave of his late father and former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. On his return to Vijayawada, he went to Indrakeeladri and worshipped Goddess Kanaka Durga, the presiding deity of the city. Elaborate security arrangements, with about 5,000 police personnel in deployment, were made in Vijayawada city for the swearing-in ceremony, according to the Commissioner of Police Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao.