Congress’ Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath took oath as Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and opposition leaders. Sachin Pilot was sworn in as the Deputy CM of Rajasthan. Bhupesh Baghel will take oath Chhattisgarh. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been attending the swearing-in ceremonies of the CMs.
In what is being viewed as a photo-opportunity ahead of the 2019 general elections, a brigade of opposition leaders including NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, DMK chief MK Stalin, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav have been attending the oath-taking ceremonies. BSP chief Mayawati, who had earlier said that she would be attending the event, The day kicked off with the oath-taking ceremony of Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan CM and Sachin Pilot as Deputy CM at 10.15 am at Jaipur’s Albert Hall ground. Kamal Nath took oath as Bhopal’s Jamburi Maidan. Bhupesh Baghel will be sworn-in as Chhattisgarh CM at 4.30 pm at Government Science College ground in Raipur.
The Congress was elected with a sizeable majority in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the recently concluded Assembly elections. It bagged 99 seats in Rajasthan against BJP’s 73. In the 230 seater Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Congress won 114 seats. In Chhattisgarh, Congress won 68 seats against BJP’s 15.
Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister oath taking UPDATES:
3.30 pm: The swearing-in of Chhattisgarh CM is likely to take place at 4.30 pm. Arrangements are being made at the Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in Raipur.
3.00 pm: The venue of CM designate Bhupesh Baghel’s oath taking ceremony has been changed from Science College ground to Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in Raipur, due to continuous rainfall, reports ANI.
2.29 pm: Kamal Nath takes oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. The swearing-in ceremony was boycotted by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), but attended by N Chandrababu Naidu, MK Stalin, Rahul Gandhi and others.2.11 pm: Madhya Pradesh: Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other leaders at the swearing-in ceremony of CM designate Kamal Nath, in Bhopal.
1.44 pm: Kamal Nath to take oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that it was ironical that a Congress leader held ‘guilty’ for Sikh massacre was being sworn in as CM.
1.07 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders including Farooq Abdullah and Sharad Yadav arrive for oath ceremony of Kamal Nath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister- reports news agency ANI.
1.00 pm: “Thanks to the people of Rajasthan for believing in the Congress. Congratulations to the leaders and workers of the Congress for the success of their struggle… It is an honour for the Congress party to serve Rajasthan. We will fulfil our responsibility,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
12.48 pm: Earlier visuals of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and other leaders going for the swearing-in ceremony of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot.
11.48 am: Sachin Pilot takes oath as Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi were present during the ceremony.
11.00 am: Ashok Gehlot takes oath as the Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot takes oath as the
Jaipur: Ashok Gehlot takes oath as the Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot takes oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
10.26 am: Former CM Vasundhara Raje, Congress leader Jitin Prasad and other leaders at the swearing-in ceremony of CM designate Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM designate Sachin Pilot in Jaipur.
10.05 am: People gather outside the residence of Deputy Chief Minister-designate Sachin Pilot in Jaipur. Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot will take oath as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, later today.
9.51 am: Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati will not participate in the swearing-in ceremonies in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh today.
9.12 am: People gather outside the residence of Deputy Chief Minister-designate Sachin Pilot in Jaipur. Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot will take oath as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, later today.
9.00 am: Swearing-in Ceremony of Shri Ashok Gehlot as Chief Minister of Rajasthan & Shri Sachin Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan at Albert Hall Ground, Jaipur.