MK Stalin-led DMK alliance has garnered a spectacular victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections by securing 159 seats, 40 seats more than the majority mark of 118 in the 234-seat assembly. With a resplendent win, Stalin, who is now the Chief Minister-elect, will take oath as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and drive for the swearing-in has been underway in the government mechanism.
The DMK alliance has ousted the ADMK regime from the reign and all set to form the government after a decade. Stalin will become the Chief Minister for the first time and he is progressing further to assume the office to lead the state for the next five years. The results were officially announced by the Election Commission on Monday and while the DMK alliance has got 159 seats, the ADMK alliance has secured 75 seats and conceded the defeat.
MK Stalin will be swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on May 7 and as he is just two days ahead of assuming the office, here's how the events will get unfolded in the two days. According to reports, the DMK will be convening the meet in the evening hours of Tuesday in which the newly-elected MLAs will be participating. The meeting will be chaired by Stalin and the MLAs will endorse and elect Stalin as the Chief Minister.
With the support from the majority of MLAs, MK Stalin will be meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday at 6.30 pm at Raj Bhavan, the governor's mansion, Chennai during which the Chief Minister-elect will submit the letter of support from the DMK MLAs to the head of state and will be seeking his consent to form the new government in the state. Based on the letter of support, the Governor will be inviting MK Stalin to form the government.
With the consent from the Governor, Stalin will be swearing-in as the Chief Minister on May 7. The swearing-in ceremony will be taking place at Raj Bhavan during which the Governor will be administering the oath of office and secrecy to MK Stalin. Along with Stalin, the Governor will also be administering the oath of office for the cabinet ministers post which he will officially assume the office of the Chief Minister.
The reports say that Stalin has decided to keep the ceremony in a non-lavish style and only 200 people have been invited for the ceremony. Each minister-designate will be given five to eight entry passes to the ceremony and they aren't allowed to bring more than eight people. These arrangements were in light of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Stalin is preparing for swearing-in as the next Chief Minister, the officials at Raj Bhavan have also been making arrangements to host the swearing-in ceremony on May 7 and Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan has met the Governor's secretary and senior officials and held talks about the security and protocol arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony. On Monday, the Governor has accepted the resignation tabled by ousted Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami to make way for the incoming administration.
The victory in the crucial assembly polls had become significant for MK Stalin as he has won his first election as the DMK President. The political observers say that the victory will give Stalin a remarkable push to his five decades-long political career and to his leadership in the party, which he took after the demise of his father and DMK President Karunanidhi. The victory has also showered light on Stalin for becoming a perfect captain to steer the party. Several national leaders and celebrities had wished Stalin over his splendid victory.