Kamal Nath takes oath as Madhya Pradesh chief minister in Bhopal; Manmohan Singh, HD Deve Gowda in attendance

Congress leader Kamal Nath took oath as Madhya Pradesh's chief minister on Monday in the presence of several UPA leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, at the Jamboree Maidan in Bhopal.

Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel registered the administered the oath of office to Nath. The ceremony was preceded by an all-faiths prayer meeting.

Outgoing chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present for the event. Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda were among the UPA leaders present.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and Mallikarjun Kharge, Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and other leaders participated in the event. They had earlier attended the swearing-in ceremony of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot in Jaipur. Gehlot and Pilot were also present in Bhopal for Nath's swearing-in ceremony.

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy also attended the swearing-in ceremony. DMK leaders MK Stalin and MK Kanimozhi were present as well.

Nine-time Chhindwara Lok Sabha MP Nath was chosen as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party on Thursday and was invited to form the government by the governor on Friday. The Congress won 114 seats in the 230-member House and then secured the support of seven more MLAs, comprising two from the BSP, one from the SP and four Independents.

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 Congress chief minister 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 11 December.

After Nath's swearing-in ceremony in Bhopal, Bhupesh Baghel will be sworn in as Chhattisgarh chief minister at around 4 pm in Raipur.

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2018 16:09:40 IST