Puducherry, Sept 4 : V Vaidhilingam was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Puducherry here on Thursday, Sep 4. This is his second stint as the State CM, the first being 1991-96.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Raj Bhawan. Lt. Governor Govind Singh Gurjar administered the oath of office and secrecy to him along with five other ministers -- E. Valslaraj, Shahjahan, Malladikrishnarao, Kandasamy and Namasivayam. The need for the formation of the new ministry arose after N Rangasamy stepped down as Chief Minister on August 28, following sustained revolt by a majority of the ten Congress legislators, including five ministers of his six-member cabinet, against him.
AICC Secretary In-charge of Puducherry Arun Kumar, Union Minister V Narayansamy and PCC president A V Subramanian, besides leaders of various political parties and senior officials, were present on the occasion.