A total of 223 of the 234 newly-elected members took oath as legislators of the 16th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in Chennai on Tuesday.
Soon after pro-tem Speaker K. Pitchandi commenced the first session of the 16th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, chief minister M.K. Stalin, council of ministers, Leader of the Opposition Edappadi K. Palaniswami, former Speaker P. Dhanapal, former deputy Speaker Pollachi V. Jayaraman, floor leaders of various parties and other legislators submitted their certificates of election to the Assembly Secretary and took oath as members of the House.
Ten members, including tourism minister M. Mathiventhan and minister for backward classes welfare S.S. Sivasankar, did not take oath owing to personal and medical reasons.
Among the first-time MLAs were Udhayanidhi Stalin, T. Ramachandran and Thirumagan Evera, who are sons of DMK president M.K. Stalin, Congress MP Su. Thirunavukkarasar and Congress leader E.V.K.S. Elangovan respectively.
Everyone present in the House used sanitisers and wore masks as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.