Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will attend all the three swearing-in ceremonies.
A host of opposition leaders are expected to attend the back-to-back swearing-in ceremonies of Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel as chief ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively, today. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be attending all the three events, other prominent opposition leaders likely to attend the events include former prime minister HD Devegowda and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will be attending the events along with Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav. However, three prominent opposition leaders – Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati – will be among those conspicuous in their absence from the three grand events.
Here are the LIVE updates on the swearing-in ceremonies of the chief ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh:
Sachin Pilot takes oath as Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister.
Ashok Gehlot is takes oath as the Chief Minister of Rajathan.
Seated next to Vasundhara Raje is Congress leader Jitin Prasad.
Supporters greet Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath outside his home in Bhopal.
Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, is attending the swearing-in ceremony at Albert Hall. She has reached the venue.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh have reached Jaipur for the swearing-in ceremony of Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister-designate Sachin Pilot.
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Albert Hall, the venue of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot’s swearing-in today, in an imposing British-era structure. Albert Hall houses a museum which is popular with tourists.
The oath-taking ceremony will be held in the open at Albert Hall.
Ms Mayawati isn’t going to be able to come (to the swearing-in ceremony) due to genuine health issues. I don’t think she is sending any signals by not coming: Kamal Nath to NDTV
Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot will go the airport to receive Rahul Gandhi and bring him to Albert Hall, the venue for the swearing-in ceremony.
One significant guest at the Rajasthan ceremony will be Sanjay Singh of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. His presence will add to theories that the AAP and Congress are trying to overcome years of acrimony in a bid to see the BJP defeated in 2019.
Ashok Gehlot will be sworn in as Rajasthan Chief Minister in Jaipur soon, Kamal Nath will take the oath in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal around 1 pm and Bhupesh Baghel will take charge in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur at 4 pm.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath told NDTV that Mamata Banerjee is not attending his oath-taking ceremony as she is observing her mother’s death anniversary today.
“Thrilled to serve people,” Kamal Nath tells NDTV ahead of taking oath. He will take the oath in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal around 1 pm.
People gather outside the residence of Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister-designate Sachin Pilot in Jaipur.
“Once the cabinet is decided, the Chief Minister will work on its advice. Once it’s done, we’ll do what’s in public interest. The manifesto will be our priority,” Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot told news agency ANI.