Rajasthan: Bhajan Lal Sharma, a first-time MLA from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan on Friday. Governor Kalraj Mishra administered the oath to Sharma during a ceremony at Ramnivas Bag in Jaipur. BJP MLAs Diya Kumari and Prem Chand Bairwa were also sworn in as deputies.
The ceremony witnessed the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda, and chief ministers from several BJP-ruled states. The outgoing Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, also attended the event. The historic Albert Hall was the venue for the ceremony, with extensive security measures and seating arrangements in place.
Bhajan Lal Sharma was announced as the Chief Minister during a BJP legislature party meeting on Tuesday, with the party’s central observers Rajnath Singh, Saroj Pandey, and Vinod Tawde present.
Sharma secured a decisive victory in the Sanganer assembly seat, winning by over 48,000 votes. In the election, he received 145,162 votes, defeating Congress’ Pushpendra Bhardwaj, who secured 97,081 votes.
Hailing from Bharatpur district, Sharma emphasized that the new BJP team under his leadership would work towards fulfilling the aspirations of the people and take Rajasthan on the path of development based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision.
With Sharma’s appointment, the BJP marked a generational shift in three key heartland states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh – following significant victories in the recently concluded assembly polls. In the November 25 assembly elections, the BJP secured an impressive win by capturing 115 seats out of the 199 contested seats (for the 200-member state assembly), while the ruling Congress party managed to secure only 69 seats.
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