Vijayawada: Cheered by thousands of supporters, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy took oath as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered him the oath of office and secrecy at a public ceremony held at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium here.
Jagan Reddy, who led the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to a landslide victory in Assembly elections, took oath in Telugu at the ceremony also attended by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, DMK leader M.K. Stalin and thousands of party workers.
The stage is set for swearing-in of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
Elaborate arrangements were made at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada, for the ceremony.
Narasimhan, who is the Governor of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, reached Vijayawada on Wednesday. Jagan Reddy called on him at a hotel and informed him of the arrangements made for the swearing-in.
Jagan, as the 46-year-old is popularly known, is expected to constitute the cabinet on June 7.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, DMK leader M. K. Stalin and leaders of various political parties participated in the swearing-in ceremony.
Authorities made elaborate arrangements for the event at the stadium, which has a capacity of 30,000 people.
On the eve of taking oath as the second Chief Minister of the new state of Andhra Pradesh, Jagan on Wednesday visited various places of worship and also visited the grave of his father and late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
The YSRCP chief offered prayers at Tirupati temple. He later visited Amin Peer dargah in Kadapa district and offered a 'chadar'.
Jagan also paid obeisance at the grave of his father in home town of Idupulapaya in Kadapa disrtrict. He along with family members participated in prayers at the CSI church.
On his return to Vijayawada, Jagan offered prayers at famous Indrakeeladri temple.
The YSRCP stormed to power in the state last Thursday, bagging 151 seats in 175-member Assembly.