Takes oath along with Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as Chief Minister of Telangana for the second term by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Thursday.
Mohammed Mahmood Ali, who was Deputy Chief Minister holding the revenue portfolio in the previous term, was the only Minister to be administered the oath of office along with Mr. Rao.
The brief ceremony at 1.25 p.m. on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan lasted just five minutes. Most of the 88 newly-elected MLAs of the TRS were present but conspicuous by their absence were the four Ministers who lost the election. Former Speaker S. Madhusudanachary, who also lost the poll, was present.
Barring a Congress member of the Legislative Council Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy, the entire Opposition kept away from the event. The Chief Minister’s son and former Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao greeted the visitors at the inner gate within the Raj Bhavan. Former Tamil Nadu Governor P.S. Rammohan Rao, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi, bureaucrats and senior police officers attended. Also present were the Chief Minister’s wife and other family members. A huge LED screen was set up to show images of people walking into the venue.
Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi conducted the proceedings.
Mr. Rao personally met visitors in the VIP enclosure where they took part in a high tea event after the function. At his camp office later, Mr. Rao was greeted by former Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Zilla Parishad chairpersons and members of the public.