Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief on Sunday took oath as the new Governor of Telangana at the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. Telangana High Court Chief Justice RS Chauhan administered the oath of office to Soundararajan.
She took charge in the presence of Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Ministers D Jayakumar and Thangamani. Assembly Speaker P Srinivas Reddy, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy and other senior officials also attended the ceremony.
Soundararajan, is the second Governor of Telangana succeeding ESL Narasimhan who was the common Governor for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, after the state’s bifurcation in 2014. He had been serving as the Governor of undivided Andhra Pradesh since 2009.
The new Governor has a busy schedule as soon as she took charge of her office. On Sunday evening at 4 pm at the Raj Bhavan, Soundararajan will administer the oath to new Cabinet Ministers as Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to expand his Cabinet.
Soundararajan on her arrival from Chennai was given a formal welcome by the Chief Minister and his colleagues at her arrival from Chennai and a guard of honour by a police contingent.
Soundararajan, 58 is a doctor by profession. She is the daughter of former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President Kumari Anandan and niece of Congress MP from Kanyakumari, H. Vasanthakumar. Though she belongs to a traditionally Congress-leaning family, Soundararajan was attracted by the BJP ideology and has been working full-time for the party from 1999 where BJP is trying to make a mark.
Soundararajan was made Tamil Nadu BJP president in 2014, the first for any woman. She has unsuccessfully contested in two Assembly elections and two Parliamentary elections in the past.
The post of Tamil Nadu BJP president, lying vacant after the appointment of Soundararajan, would be the one to watch out for.