Preparations for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s swearing-in ceremony took a hit after heavy rains lashed Vijayawada on Wednesday night.
The rains left behind a grubby mess at IGMC Stadium, the venue for today’s ceremony. Besides the stadium grounds turning into a mushy mix of rainwater and soil, strong winds left the YSR Congress Party paraphernalia adorning the stands in disarray.
Y S Jagan will be sworn in at 12.23 pm by Governor E S L Narasimhan, while his Council of Ministers is likely to be constituted on June 7. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao and DMK president M K Stalin are among the dignitaries who will attend
the swearing-in ceremony.
Chandrababu Naidu, who was invited by Reddy over phone, has decided to stay away. However, a three-member delegation of TDP MLAs, deputed by him, would meet Reddy and extend greetings ahead of the swearing-in, party sources told news agency PTI.
Reddy has also invited Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan, Telugu film star K Chiranjeevi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the swearing-in.
CPI and CPI-M national general secretaries Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and Sitaram Yechuri respectively, state BJP president Kanna Lakshminarayana and a host of other leaders are among the invitees.
Elaborate security arrangements, with about 5,000 police personnel in deployment, have been made in Vijayawada city for the swearing-in ceremony, according to the Commissioner of Police Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao.
While the stadium could hold about 30,000 people, LED screens were being arranged across the city for people to witness the event, he said.
For the first time, special arrangements have been made at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi for live streaming of the swearing-in ceremony.
Ambassadors of various countries, representatives from unilateral and multi-lateral agencies, international donor agencies, industry associations, multinational corporations and international media have been invited to witness the event at the AP Bhavan, according to Resident Commissioner Praveen Prakash.
After taking oath, Reddy is expected to specially address the invited dignitaries through the video link and present his vision and mission for building a new Andhra Pradesh.
He is also likely to make some key announcements for the people of the state, mainly related to the YSRCs Navaratnalu, the nine major electoral promises, party sources said.
On the eve of his swearing-in, the YSRC chief visited the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala Wednesday morning and offered prayers.
He then went to Kadapa town and offered prayers at the famous Amin Peer (Pedda) Dargah and presented a chadar. The chief minister-designate and his family members later took part in the prayer service at the CSI Church in his hometown Pulivendula.
He drove down to the YS family estate in Idupulapaya and paid obeisance at the grave of his late father and former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
On his return to Vijayawada, he went to Indrakeeladri and worshipped Goddess Kanaka Durga, the presiding deity of the city.
The YSR Congress bagged 151 of the 175 seats in the state Assembly, decimating the TDP headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, who became the first chief minister of the state after it was bifurcated to carve out Telangana five years ago. YSRC also won 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.