Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister V Narayanasamy was today sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of Puducherry.
Lt Governor Kiran Bedi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Narayanasamy and five other ministers – A Namassivayam, Malladi Krishna Rao, M O H F Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan – at ‘Gandhi Thidal’ near the sea shore here.
While Rao, hailing from Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, took the oath in Telugu, others took it in Tamil.
All of them are former ministers of the Union Territory. Earlier, Puducherry Chief Secretary Manoj Parida had read out the warrant of appointment of Narayanasamy as Chief Minister of Puducherry issued by President Pranab Mukherjee.
AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, AICC Secretary Chinna Reddy, DMK leader K Stalin and TNCC president E V K S Ilangovan were among those present during the ceremony.
Narayanasamy was elected leader of the 15-member Congress Legislature party on May 28. The party also has support of the two-member DMK in the 30-member Assembly.
The Congress leader had called on Bedi at Raj Nivas on May 30 and staked claim to form the ministry.
He had also presented to Bedi letters of the Congress legislators and those from DMK, expressing support for his leadership.
69-year-old Narayanasamy, who had served as Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in the second UPA government after serving as MoS Parliamentary Affairs in
UPA-I, did not contest the May 16 assembly polls and will now have to seek election to the legislature in a bypoll.
A law graduate, Narayanasamy practiced law for more than ten years since 1973 and jumped into active politics in 1985.
He was elected for the first time to Rajya Sabha and retained the seat in 1991. However, he was defeated in the contest for the RS seat in 1997 by DMK and regained the seat
As the PCC president in 2007, he proved his organisational capability by constituting committees at the booth and block levels.
There was stiff competition between Narayanasamy and PCC president A Namassivayam, who was elected for a second consecutive term, for the post of Chief Minister, but the
former emerged the unanimous choice at the CLP meeting.
Congress had secured 15 seats of the 21 seats it contested while its ally the DMK won two in the assembly polls, ending the five-year rule of the AINRC led by N Rangasamy.