Jayalalithaa to stake claim Sunday to form government (Lead)

May 14th, 2011 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, May 14 (IANS) AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa will meet Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala Sunday to stake her claim to form the next government in the state, two days after her party’s landslide victory in the assembly polls.

Speaking to reporters here, Jayalalithaa said she would be meeting the governor Sunday.

According to her, details like the date of the swearing-in will be decided after the meeting. She said the party would not belie the trust the people reposed with their massive mandate.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi submitted his resignation to Barnala Friday.

The governor has asked him to continue till alternate arrangements are made.

The AIADMK is likely to call a meeting of all its newly-elected 150 legislators here Sunday.

“The meeting is likely to be held at the party headquarters here tomorrow (Sunday). The swearing-in of our leader (Jayalalithaa) is likely to be Monday at the University Centenary Hall,” V. Maitreyan, a member of parliament, told IANS.

The meeting will take stock of the election results and also elect Jayalalithaa as leader of the party in the new assembly.

On the massive mandate for the AIADMK-led front, Maitreyan said: “It is a positive vote for a winning alliance. People have reposed faith in our leader’s ability. The vote in our favour is also because of the omissions and commissions of the DMK government.”

AIADMK legislator V.P. Kalairajan told IANS: “The massive victory is due to people’s faith in our leader’s ability in providing good and efficient government.”

The party contested 160 seats and won 150 of them. In nearly 80 constituencies, the AIADMK was in direct contest with the ruling DMK.

The AIADMK-led front has won 204 of the total 234 seats in the assembly.

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