Twenty eight MLAs took oath as ministers in Madhya Pradesh as Chief Minister Kamal Nath expanded his Cabinet on Tuesday.The oath ceremony took place at Raj Bhawan. Prominent faces who took oath as ministers include Vijayalaxmi Sadho, Sajjan Singh Verma and Hukum Singh Karada.
Kamal Nath was sworn-in as Chief Minister on December 17, six days after his party posted a narrow victory over the BJP, which ruled the state for 15 years. Since the past three days, Nath had been camping in New Delhi to finalise the list of his Cabinet colleagues in consultation with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders.
With 114 seats, the Congress party, emerged as the single largest party in the 230-member Assembly. However, it failed to cross the halfway mark on its own and enlisted support of the BSP and the SP, which have won two seats and one, respectively.
Four Independent MLAs, who are Congress rebels, have also extended their support, taking the total number of MLAs on the Congress side to 121. The BJP had won 109 seats.
On January 7, the new Madhya Pradesh Assembly session is going to begin.
(With PTI inputs)