Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot were sworn-in as Rajasthan’s Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, today, on the premises of the historic Albert Hall in Jaipur. The ceremony was attended by a galaxy of political leaders and Congress workers.
On December 11, the Congress emerged as the single largest party by winning 99 out of 199 seats in Rajasthan. They were administered the oath of office by governor Kalyan Singh.
Allies of the Congress, former CM Vasundhara Raje, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders were present during the ceremony at Albert hall a distinctive landmark in Jaipur where cultural functions are also held on different occasions.
BSP chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav are not attending oath ceremonies three Congress chief ministers today, though they are supporting the new Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend either but has sent a representative, unlike the other two leaders from Uttar Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, All India Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Loktantrik Janta Dal chief Sharad Yadav, DMK president MK Stalin and leader Kanimozhi, have demonstrated opposition’s unity.
Oath-taking ceremonies are usually organised at the Raj Bhawan. However, the function in 2003 and 2013, when Vasundhara Raje took oath as chief minister, was held at Janpath outside the Rajasthan Assembly building. And this time, Albert Hall was chosen as the venue for the event.