Ashok Gehlot was sworn-in as Rajasthan Chief Minister in Jaipur this morning, Kamal Nath took the oath in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal this afternoon, followed by Bhupesh Baghel in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur.
Updated : December 21, 2018 06:33 IST
Opposition leaders at the Congress swearing-in ceremony in Chhattisgarh.
- Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attending three back-to-back ceremonies
- Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati are not attending the events
- The 3 big events are seen as a show of united opposition
The Congress took charge today in three heartland states that it seized from the ruling BJP in recent state elections. The Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have taken oath in events serving as a mega gathering of opposition parties. The Congress hired an aircraft and buses to ferry the leaders from one state capital to the other. But the gathering has lost much of its sheen, with three of the top opposition leaders, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, skipping it. Kamal Nath, the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, said both Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee have “genuine reasons” for their absence.