Jaya to stake claim Sunday to form government

Jaya to stake claim Sunday to form government

Chennai: Armed with the landslide mandate in the Assembly polls, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa will on Sunday call on governor S. S. Barnala and formally stake her claim to form the government in Tamil Nadu.

“I am meeting the governor tomorrow (to stake claim for forming the government)," she told reporters here a day after AIADMK scripted a spectacular comeback securing an absolute majority on its own with a tally of 150 seats in the 234-member Assembly.

63-year old Jayalalithaa, set to become chief minister for the third time, said details about her swearing-in ceremony would be announced on Sunday after her meeting with Barnala.

The AIADMK-led front comprising of DMDK and Left parties besides others unseated DMK from power bagging 200 seats.

On the massive mandate, she said the people of the state had reposed “enormous trust" and faith in the front and her party would live up to their expectations fulfilling all its electoral promises.

“It is not just a negative vote against DMK but a decisive vote against DMK," she said commenting on the 13 April poll outcome which saw the DMK being relegated to the third place with just 23 seats behind DMDK.

Faced with the poll rout, chief minister M. Karunanidhi had on Friday submitted the resignation of his council of ministers to the governor, who had asked him to continue in office till alternative arrangements were made.

Jayalalithaa said people wanted to “return to the good old days of her 2001-06 regime," which she claimed had delivered good administration.

The AIADMK legislature party is likely to meet here tomorrow to elect Jayalalithaa as its leader.