Jaipur: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as the 12th Rajasthan Chief Minister on Monday at an event in Jaipur while Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot took oath as Deputy Chief Minister. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh were among others who attended the ceremony. BJP’s former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and former Union minister Jitin Prasad were also present on the stage when Governor Kalyan Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Gehlot and Pilot.
Besides Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will also get new chief ministers on Monday. Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel will take oath as Chief Ministers in state capitals Bhopal and Raipur, respectively, later today.
This comes after Congress managed to wrest control of three Hindi heartland states, just a few months ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be present in all three swearing-in ceremonies. Among the high-profile opposition leaders, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah will attend the ceremonies. Key leaders from parties like Trinamool Congress (TMC), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Manch, Swabhimani Paksh are likely to attend the events.