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Jagan takes charge with blessings from southern elders.

Summary: Andhra Pradesh cabinet likely to be sworn in on June 7

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (left) greets Governor ESL Narasimhan after taking oath during the swearing-in ceremony at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada on Thursday. Image Credit: AFP

Hyderabad: This was the emotional moment he and his family waited for almost a decade and he walked more than 3,600km to reach.

As 46 year old YS Jaganmohan Reddy started taking oath as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh with his name "YS Jaganmohan Reddy ane nenu...." (I Jaganmohan Reddy)...", the jampacked Indira Gandhi stadium in Vijayawada erupted with applause and slogans.

A tearful Vijayamma, Jagan's mother, who had almost 15 years ago seen her husband taking a similar oath of office and secrecy in Hyderabad as the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, watched as her son made a history.

State governor ESL Narsimhan started administering the oath at 12.23pm, as per the Mahurath fixed by Pundits with Chief Minister of neighbouring Telangana and leader of DMK party from Tamil Nadu MK Stalin and other dignitaries watching the proceedings.

In an extraordinary gesture, soon after administering the oath, governor and his wife went to the place where Vijayamma was sitting and greeted her. "Let me first greet her", governor told Jagan after the oath.

After completing the formalities of oath Jagan went to his mother and embraced her tightly. Vijayamma who hold the post of honorary President of the party played a major role in Jagan's political journey since the death of YS Rajasekhar Reddy in a helicopter crash in September 2009.

While Jagan took oath alone his cabinet was likely to be sworn in on June 7.

More than 30,000 people from all walks of life witnessed the impressive ceremony as the overnight thundershowers and winds had cooled down the city environs.

Jagan, whose language, oratory and style is a ditto copy of his father, evoked a rapturous response from the crowd as he thundered, "Varuna maa vaade" (Rain God is our partyman). This was the common refrain of YSR as his tenure witnessed copious rains helping him in overcoming the drought and rural distress.

After the governor left the venue, KCR and MK Stalin addressed the crowd expressing their good wishes to the new Chief Minister. Though Jagan's predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu was invited, he did not attend the ceremony and instead a sent letter of greetings and good wishes.

As the Hindu, Muslim, Christian and other religious heads offered prayers and blessed Jagan, KCR extended a hand of friendship and cooperation and showered his young counter part with blessings.

"You should make a place for your self in history and keep the flag of your father flying high", KCR said expressing his wish that Jagan should be the Chief Minister of the state for three-four terms to serve it well.

He called for the cooperation between the two states for effective utilisation of the water of rivers Godavari and Krishna for the progress and prosperity.

MK Stalin said that Jagan should continue the legacy of his father. "We extend our all good wishes to the young leader", he said.

YS Jagan in his address reciprocated and wished that MK Stalin should become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu with God's blessings very soon.

In a meaningful gesture and show of bonhomie the three southern leaders later travelled in the same car to Jagan's residence for lunch.

The highlight of Jagan's address to the gathering after oath was his announcement that by August 15, 400000 village volunteers post with Rs5000 per month salary will be filled. "They will help people in accessing government services without any corruption", Jagan said. Similarly he said village secretariats will also be set up across the state creating 160,000 jobs for the youth who will eradicate the middle men.

Jagan, KCR miss Modi's swearing in

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Ministers cancelled their visit to Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in on Thursday after their flights did not get the permission to fly to the national capital.

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who took oath as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister here on Thursday, along with Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who attended the swearing-in, was scheduled to leave for Delhi by a special aircraft.

However, the chief ministers did not get permission from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to fly due to restrictions on landing of unscheduled flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport between 3.20pm and 11pm, officials said.

With no clearance, Jagan and KCR dropped their plans to visit Delhi.

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Date:May 30, 2019
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