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Bhajan Lal Sharma takes oath as Rajasthan CM after BJP's win in swing state

Along with Sharma, Diya Kumari and Prem Chand Bairwa, who were named as deputy chief ministers in the recently held BJP legislature party meeting, also took oath.

Nivedita Dash Edited By: Nivedita Dash @Nivedita0503 Jaipur Updated on: December 15, 2023 13:26 IST
Bhajan Lal Sharma
Image Source : ANI Bhajan Lal Sharma

Bhajan Lal Sharma on Friday took oath as Rajasthan in Jaipur in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Along with Sharma, Diya Kumari and Prem Chand Bairwa, who were named as deputy chief ministers in the recently held BJP legislature party meeting, also took oath. Governor Kalraj Mishra administered the three oaths of office.

Ahead of the ceremony, Sharma offered prayers at the Govind Devji temple in the state capital and fed cows at the Pinjrapol Gaushala on Tonk road. His family members and supporters also accompanied him. Sharma visited another temple after this.

PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president J P Nadda, several union ministers and chief ministers of different states attended the ceremony in front of the iconic Albert Hall at noon.

Security arrangements in place

Massive security and sitting arrangements were made at the venue where a large number of people are likely to witness the ceremony. A party spokesperson said invitations were sent to central leaders and state chief ministers for the ceremony. 

All main roads leading to the venue were decorated with posters and banners of various central government welfare schemes as well as the leaders' cutouts. The BJP won 115 seats in the November 25 assembly elections while the Congress got 69 seats. Polling was held on 199 of the 200 assembly seats in the state.

Sharma, a first-time MLA, was on Tuesday announced as the chief minister-designate during a BJP legislature party meeting in the presence of the party's central observers Rajnath Singh, Saroj Pandey and Vinod Tawde.

Vidhyadhar Nagar MLA Kumari and Dudu MLA Bairwa were announced as the picks for deputy chief ministers and Ajmer North MLA Vasudev Devnani as the speaker of the assembly.

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