Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, for the third time as Chief Minister of Rajasthan and joined as a Deputy Chief Minister in the new government, Sachin Pilot took oath on Monday and oath of secrecy. In the presence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several other opposition leaders, the swearing-in ceremony of both the leaders concluded at Albert Hall in Jaipur.
Gehlot became the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the third time. He is the fourth leader to become the Chief Minister for the third time in the state. Before Gehlot, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Haridov Joshi were chief ministers three times. Although Mohan Lal Sukkadia remained the highest four times. Gehlot first became Chief Minister for the first time in 1998 and in 2008. Gehlot, who has been active in politics since Indira Gandhi’s time, has also been a minister at the Center.
Gahlot, who has held several important positions in the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee, was three times the state president of the Congress. Apart from politics, Gehlot worked in camps of Bangladeshi refugees in West Bengal during Bangladesh’s liberation war in 1971 and is involved in many social activities.
Deputy Chief Minister Pilot is currently the President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. He has been a Lok Sabha member and a minister in the Manmohan Singh government. He was the legendary leader of the Congress in his era, the son of former Union minister late Rajesh Pilot.
After the congress victory in the Rajasthan assembly elections, the selection of the chief minister’s post was long stretched. Both Gehlot and Pilot were involved in the race. After the marathon meetings and intense churning, on December 14, the Congress president decided to nominate Gehlot to the chief minister and the pilot to be the Deputy Chief Minister.
In the swearing-in ceremony, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several senior leaders of the Congress, including Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu, NCP President Sharad Pawar, , DMK leader MK Stalin, Karnataka Chief Minister and JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, RJD leader Tasvish Yadav, NESH Farooq Abdullah of Nal Conference and Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool Congress joined.
Other senior Congress leaders including Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Bhupinder Hooda, Siddaramaiah, Anand Sharma, Tarun Gogoi, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Avinash Pandey and other leaders in the Lok Sabha also attended the swearing-in.
Vasundhara Raje, former Chief Minister of Rajasthan also joined the swearing-in ceremony.