In Pic: Rahul's displays simplicity...travels on bus for Kamalnath's swearing-in
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was seen travelling entrouge in a bus to attend Kamalnath's swearing-in ceremony
New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 17: The Congress has invited leaders from across the political spectrum for the swearing-in ceremony of party stalwart Kamal Nath taking charge as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was seen travelling entrouge in a bus to attend Kamalnath's swearing-in ceremony. All leaders were seen sitting and chatting in the bus.
But celebrations may not have the same fervour and BJP leader Arun Jaitley has ensured this.
In a bid to puncture Congress's celebrations Finance Minister Arun Jaitley commented on Sajjan Kumar's conviction in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, "Ye vidambna hai ki ye aaya uss din hai ki jab Sikh samaj jis doosre neta ko doshi maanta hai, Congress ussey mukhyamantri ki shapath dila rahi hai. This was a direct comment on Madhya Pradesh CM-designate Kamal Nath, whose name is often dragged in the anti-Sikh riots. this accusation was hurled at Madhya Pradesh's CM-designate Kamal Nath.
To this, Congress has reacted sharply. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibbal has reacted saying that BJP needs to recall who was behind Maya Kodnani during the Gujarat Riot. Hitting out at PM Narendra Modi, Sibal said during the riots the man who was the CM then is the PM of the country today.
Nath, a nine-time MP from Chhindwara seat and currently president of state Congress unit, will take oath at a grand function to be held at Jamboree Maidan in BHEL area here instead of Lal Parade Ground as announced earlier.
Earlier in the day people greeted Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath outside his residence in Bhopal. He is expected to be sworn-in at around 1:15 pm.
Notably, Jamboree Maidan is the venue where Nath's predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the BJP had taken the oath with much fanfare in 2008 and 2013.
"I will take oath alone," Nath told PTI Saturday when asked who else will take oath along with him. This means that aspirants seeking ministerial berths will have to wait for some more time. Nath will become the first chief minister of a Congress government in the central Indian state after a gap of 15 years.
Digvijaya Singh was the last chief minister of Congress in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP snatched power from the grand old party in 2003 and went on to retain it till its narrow defeat on December 11.