In her letter to Naidu, Jayalalithaa thanked him for the invitation to the swearing in ceremony and cited pressing circumstances for her absence but deputed two ministers from her Cabinet on her behalf.
"I convey my congratulations and best wishes to you for a very successful tenure as Chief Minister. I am sure that under your stewardship the state of Andhra Pradesh will reach new heights of prosperity and development," she said.
Minister for Housing and Urban Development R Vaithilingam and Minister for Transport V Senthil Balaji would represent the Chief Minister in the swearing in ceremony, she added.
Governor E S L Narasimhan will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Chandrababu at a public function to be held at Nagarjuna Nagar between Vijayawada and Guntur at 7.27 pm.