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Udhayanidhi Stalin sworn in as TN Minister


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and ruling DMK

President M.K.Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin was on Wednesday

be sworn in as a Minister in State Cabinet.

At a brief function held at the Raj Bhavan, Governor R.N.Ravi

administered the oath of office and secrecy to 45-year-old

Udhayanidhi Stalin, who was elected from the Chepauk-

Thiruvallikeni Constituency in the city in his maiden entry into

the electoral politics.

Chief Minister, his Cabinet Colleagues and senior leaders of the

party were present at the swearing-in ceremony held at the

Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan.

After being sworn in as a Minister and after exchanging pleasantries

with the Governor and the Chief Minister, Udhayanidhi was greeted

by senior Ministers.

Later, Udhayanidhi paid tributes at the memorial of his grandfather

and late Chief Minister and DMK Patriarch M.Karunanidhi and

at DMK Founder and Dravidian stalwart C.N.Annadurai on the

Marina beach front.

Later, he went to the State Secretariat and assumed charge as

the Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development and

Special Programme Implementation.

DMK sources said ascension of Udhayanidhi Stalin, who is also

the DMK Youth Wing Secretary, as the Minister that too in a short

span of 18 months after the DMK came to power was seen as an

apt reward for his hard work.

Senior DMK leader and Higher Education Minister K.Ponmudy

termed the induction of Udhayanidhi into the Cabinet as a belated

one and he should have been made a Minister 18 months back

considering his commendable job he did during the campaign

in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the 2021 Assembly

elections in which DMK rode back to power with a thumping

majority after a gap of ten years.

Though he had initially stayed away from active politics, he was

one of the DMK’s star campaigners in the 2019 and 2021 polls,

in which he successfully contested for the first time and got

elected to the State Assembly from a Constituency which had

earlier elected his grand father thrice.

After his campaign tour turned out to be a stupendous success,

with the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance sweeping the

2019 Lok Sabha polls winning 39 of the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu

and Puducherry, he was rewarded with the leadership of the

party’s youth wing.

His father had held this post for a long time from 1982 and 2017

before he became the Treasurer and the President of the DMK.

Udhayanidhi is also a prominent actor starting from his debut film

“Oru Kal Oru Kannadi”, a full fledged comedy film that turned out

to be a huge hit at the box office, following which he came a

prominent hero in the Tamil film industry and played the role of

protagonist in several films, which also turned out to be a big

success at the box office. He had also produced several films.

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