DMK's Stalin attends Jayalalithaa's swearing-in ceremony
Chennai: In a move that could bring down political acrimony between the two Dravidian majors, DMK Treasurer M K Stalin on Monday chose to attend the swearing-in of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister.
This is the second time Stalin, son of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, attended Jayalalithaa's swearing-in after participating in her oath-taking ceremony in 2001.
As Chennai Mayor, he along with a few DMK leaders, had attended the function then.
Stalin, attired in white shirt and dhoti, was on Monday spotted seated in the 16th row at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium, venue of the swearing-in function.
Former DMK Ministers E V Velu and Ponmudy besides their party MLAs Sekhar Babu, Vagai Chandrasekhar and Ku Ka Selvam were also seated near him.
Yesterday, DMK supremo Karunanidhi had said his party would function as a constructive opposition in the 234-member assembly.
While the DMK secured 89 seats, its allies Congress eight and IUML one, the AIADMK alone bagged 134 seats in the May 16 polls. Elections to Thanjavur and Aravakurichi segments have been deferred.
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