Chennai, May 23: AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa was today sworn in for the fifth time as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu amid celebrations by party cadres and supporters all over the state.
It seems her fresh stint hasn't gone down well with senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who termed it as another 150-day wonder.
The senior BJP leader, Swamy, took to Twitter and said, "JJ (J Jayalalithaa) as CM of TN. Another 150 day wonder."
JJ as CM of TN. Another 150 day wonder.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 23, 2015
Jayalalithaa was disqualified following her conviction in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by a trial court in Bengaluru on September 27. The Karnataka High Court had subsequently acquitted her of the charges on May 11.
Jayalalithaa returns to power nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges. She took the oath in the name of God in Tamil in a simple function held at the University of Madras Centenary Auditorium in Chennai.
Twenty-eight other ministers also took oath in a brief ceremony. The 67-year-old AIADMK supremo was administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rosaiah.
Earlier, she arrived at the venue in a green saree and was welcomed by Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Gnanadesikan with a bouquet. Later, she introduced O Pannerselvam, Natham R Viswanathan and all other ministers before they were sworn in.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by BJP leaders including Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and national office bearer of the party H Raja. Actors Rajinikanth, Sarathkumar and eminent music composer Ilayaraja were among the long list of dignitaries who attended the function.
Earlier this month, indicated that he could file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case by the Karnataka High Court.
"In my appeal to SC In JJ (J Jayalalithaa) disproportionate assets case I will prove that the KHC (Karnataka High Court) judgement is a 'tragedy of arithmetic errors'. JJ will have to resign again if CM," he tweeted.
(With inputs from agencies)