Rajashekhar Reddy to take oath on May 20

May 16th, 2009 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Hyderabad, May 16 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who once again led Congress to victory in the state, will take oath for a second consecutive term on May 20, party sources said here Saturday.
The newly elected of the Congress will meet May 19, where he is likely to be elected as the leader, the source said.

YSR, as the chief minister is popularly known, is leaving for Delhi Sunday to meet party president Sonia Gandhi and other central leaders. The central leadership is likely to approve YSR’s name as there is no other contender for the top post.

Congress has won 156 seats, a comfortable majority in the 294-member state assembly.

YSR told reporters that the new leader would be elected by the legislators in accordance with the wishes of the party’s central leadership.

The swearing in ceremony will be held in Lal Bahadur Stadium, where he had taken oath as chief minister May 14, 2004 after leading the party to victory with a huge majority.

The chief minister also called on Governor Narayan Dutt Tiwari Saturday evening. The party sources said it was only a courtesy call.

YSR, who became first chief minister in the state’s history to complete full five years last Thursday, also achieved the distinction of leading Congress for the second consecutive term since 1982.

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