Jayalalithaa Takes Charge As Tamil Nadu CM; Orders Shutdown Of 500 Liquor Shops

J Jayalalithaa was on May 23 sworn-in as Tamil Nadu chief minister for the sixth time. Along with her, 28 ministers also took the oath.

The oath ceremony was held at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium in Chennai.


Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, she ordered the closure of 500 liquor shops. Also, the timings of the state’s remaining liquor shops will be reduced.

Liquor shops will now be be open only between 12 noon and 10 pm. Earlier, they were open from 10 am to 10 pm. During her campaign, Jayalalithaa had promised phased prohibition.


Her welfare schemes like 100 units of free power, waiver of crop loans for farmers and eight gram gold to women for mangalsutra, however, stand.

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A farmer walking through field

Jayalalithaa had, two years ago, also swept the national election in Tamil Nadu winning 37 of the state’s 40 seats making AIADMK the third largest party in the Lok Sabha.


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