Jagan Mohan Reddy took oath as the Chief Minister of the state on Thursday. He is the second Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh post its bifurcation.
Mr. Reddy was administered the oath by Governor ESL Narasimhan at 12.23 pm at a grand public function in Vijayawada. He arrived at the venue in an open jeep, the thousands of people who gathered cheered for Jagan.
N Chandrababu Naidu who was ideally wiped out in the elections did not attend the swearing-in ceremony of Jagan, he instead sent a delegation of his party to congratulate Mr Reddy at his home before the ceremony.
The swearing in ceremony was attended by neighbouring Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, and DMK party chief MK Stalin from Tamil Nadu.
On Sunday, Mr. Reddy had met PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi seeking assistance all possible assistance for Andhra Pradesh and also invited the duo for the oath taking ceremony.
The YSR Congress bagged 151 of the 175 seats in the state assembly and 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats, literally making Naidu’s Telgu Desam Party invisible.
Jagan Mohan Reddy is the son of one of Andhra Pradesh’s most popular Chief Ministers, YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who died in a chopper crash in 2009. The 46 year-old, who inherited his father’s supporters, still had to make his mark at the head of a new party formed in 2011.
What really worked in his favour was a two foot march all round Andhra Pradesh and demand for special status.