Lt Governor Kiran Bedi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Narayanasamy and five other ministers – A Namassivayam, Malladi Krishna Rao, MOHF Shahjahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan - at ‘Gandhi Thidal’ near the seashore here.
While Rao, hailing from Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, took the oath in Telugu, others took it in Tamil. All of them are former ministers of the Union Territory.
Earlier, Puducherry Chief Secretary Manoj Parida had read out the warrant of appointment of Narayanasamy as Chief Minister of Puducherry issued by President Pranab Mukherjee.
AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, AICC Secretary Chinna Reddy, DMK leader MK Stalin and TNCC president E V K S Ilangovan were among those present during the ceremony. Narayanasamy was elected leader of the 15-member Congress Legislature party on May 28. The party also has support of the two-member DMK in the 30-member Assembly.
The Congress leader had called on Bedi at Raj Niwas on May 30 and staked claim to form the ministry. He had also presented to Bedi letters of the Congress legislators and those from DMK, expressing support for his leadership. Narayanasamy (69), had served as Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in the second UPA government.