National anthem cut short, insulted at Jayalalithaa's swearing-in ceremony

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Chennai, May 23: Constitutional rules were violated in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's swearing-in ceremony on Saturday as the National Anthem which was played in the ceremony was cut short by 20 seconds.

The swearing-in ceremony of AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalalithaa as chief minister and her council of ministers here on Saturday caused a controversy after a very short version of the national anthem was played on the occasion.

National anthem cut short, insulted at Jayalalithaa's swearing-in ceremony?
Before the swearing-in ceremony, it was announced that the national anthem would be played followed by Tamizh Thai Vazhthu (Invocation to Mother Tamil).

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To the surprise of many just two lines of the national anthem -- the first line and the last line -- were played and it was followed by Tamizh Thai Vazhthu.

After all the ministers were sworn-in the full version of the national anthem was played.

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On both the occasions, when the national anthem was played people present in the Madras University Centenary Auditorium stood in silence.

Another unique aspect was the swearing-in of the council of ministers in two batches of 14 members each after Jayalalithaa took the oath of office and secrecy.

Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Saturday within a fortnight of the Karnataka High Court acquitting her in a corruption case.

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The swearing-in ceremony took place at Madras University Centinary Auditorium. Other Tamil actors present were Siva Kumar, Karthi, Sarath Kumar, Vivek, Arjun, Prabhu, Vikram and Ramarajan among others.

Jayalalithaa, 67, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K. Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centinary Auditorium.

The governor also administered oath of office to the council of ministers in two batches. Jayalalithaa would head a 29-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

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