YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday, 30 May, took the oath of office as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, second only to Chandrababu Naidu to be sworn in as Chief Minister after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy at 12:23 pm in a grand public function at the IGMC Stadium in Vijayawada.
The 46-year-old leader who led his party to a colossal victory in the recent Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, bagging 151 of the 175 seats in the Assembly, decimated the Chandrabbau Niadu’s Telugu Desam Party.
The YSRCP under Reddy won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
KCR and Stalin among the guests
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and DMK President MK Stalin and Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao were the special guests.
Naidu reportedly didn’t show up at the event.
He also, reportedly, invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he couldn’t make it as the date coincided with his own swearing-in ceremony.
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy, minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav also attended the swearing-in ceremony.
‘Will follow the manifesto “like Bible, Quran and Gita’
fter being sworn in, CM Reddy addressed the gathering saying: “You have blessed me with such a great victory after walking with me for over 3,600km. I thank everyone for their belief and support towards me”.
“We did not bring big books for our manifesto. We don’t intend to address a particular caste or religion. It is meant for all”, said Reddy adding that he will follow the manifesto “like Bible, Quran and Gita to fullfil all the promises”, according to TOI reports.
On the issue of jobs, he said, “Our government will create around 1.6 lakh jobs by next Gandhi Jayanti.
Heavy security deployed
Elaborate security arrangements were arranged, with about 5,000 police personnel deployed in Vijayawada for the ceremony, Commissioner of Police Ch Dwaraka, Tirumala Rao, told PTI.
While the stadium could hold about 30,000 people, LED screens were being arranged across the city for people to witness the event, he reportedly said.
For the first time, special arrangements were made for live streaming of the swearing-in ceremony at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi
Ambassadors of various countries, representatives from unilateral and multi-lateral agencies, international donor agencies, industry associations, multinational corporations and international media were invited to witness the event at the AP Bhavan, Resident Commissioner Praveen Prakash, sources told.
Christian, Islamic and Hindu prayers were recited by priests on stage as Jagan prayed after formally taking up the top job.
Mr Reddy’s mother and YSRC honorary president Y S Vijayamma, his wife Bharati and sister Sharmila and other members of the family were also present on the stage.
Reddy alone took the oath on Thursday while his Council of Ministers is likely to be constituted on 7 June, according to sources.