Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as the 12th Rajasthan Chief Minister on Monday at an event in Jaipur while Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President @RahulGandhi & opposition leaders from across the country gather in Rajasthan for the swearing in ceremony of CM @ashokgehlot51 & Deputy CM @SachinPilot #IndiaTrustsCongress pic.twitter.com/BRFShH4fkF— Congress (@INCIndia) December 17, 2018
"What is the financial condition of the state is known by all. The BJP got a huge mandate in the last elections and people had expectations from Raje, but she was careless and passed five years in carelessness," Gehlot told the reporters.
"We were not responsible for her differences with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, she should have resolved the issues with them," he added.
The Congress returned to power in both states after securing a simple majority with the support of its allies -- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) and a few Independents in the assembly elections held on December 7 in Rajasthan and November 28 in Madhya Pradesh.
Outgoing Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, NCP's Sharad Pawar, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, DMK leader M K Stalin, JMM leader Hemant Soren, JVM leader Babulal Marandi were among others who were present at the ceremony.
Besides Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will also get new chief ministers on Monday. Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel will take oath as Chief Ministers in state capitals Bhopal and Raipur, respectively, later today.
(With inputs from agencies)
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