Bhopal: 15-year-long wait comes to cheery end

Bhopal: Raj Bhawan became a witness to the swearing-in ceremony of the Congress ministers after a hiatus of 15 years. Not ready to wait any longer, the newly elected Congress MLAs, who were to take oath, arrived at Raj Bhawan far too early. Sachin Yadav, Omkar Markam, Trun Bhanot, Pradeep Jaiswal, Arif Aqueel, Imarti Devi, Vijaya Laxmi Sadho, Jeetu Patwari were among the early arrivals at the venue. Accompanied by their elated family members, the to-be-ministers positioned themselves comfortably as others invitees descended on the venue.

They eagerly waited for their turn as the Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to the Congress’ ministers. The newly-inducted ministers also shared their goals and aspirations and what all they have in store for the people. Ahead of the ceremony, principal secretary of Vidhan Sabha AP Singh called the names of the to-be ministers to be seated on their designated chair.

Ex-MLAs including Ramniwas Rawat, Rajendra Singh, former PCC president Arun Yadav also attend the ceremony. Former chief minister Babulal Gaur and Kailash Joshi were also present on the occasion. Ex-CM Digvijay Singh, accompanied by his daughter-in-law and grandson also attended the function. Spelling out his priorities, Jaivardhan Singh, son of Digvijaya Singh, who tool oath of cabinet minister, spelling out his priority said that his first primary objective would be to prove true to the expectations of the people who voted them to power.

Our first priority is to live up to the hopes and aspirations of the people and to implement the Congress Vachan Patra in the state,” said the newly inducted minister. Stating that he was least concerned about the portfolio, the young MLA said, “I will do my best to serve the state”. Rubbishing the controversy erupted over the non-induction of MLA KP Singh in the cabinet, the newly appointed minister Bala Bacchan said that Congress is the group of mature people and such political issues disappear with time.

If there is any issue concerning MLA Singh it will be sorted out shortly, he added. Omkar Markam, who also took oath as minister, said that AICC national president Rahul Gandhi always prefers youths and assign them responsibility. This Assembly elections, a good number of youths have voted for the Congress and we would prove true to our commitments made to them. “We are going to win Lok Sabha elections also as we have understood know what the youths want,” he added.

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