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Ashok Gehlot takes oath as Rajasthan CM, Sachin Pilot becomes deputy CM

File photos of Ashok Gehlot (L) and Sachin Pilot. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2018, 11.20 AM (IST)

Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot today swore in as the 12th Rajasthan Chief Minister of Rajasthan at a ceremony in Jaipur's Albert Hall while Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.

Top Opposition and party leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were present on the premises of Albert Hall to take part in the oath-taking ceremony. 

Scores of people were present at the historic Albert Hall to witness the oath of new Rajasthan CM and his deputy. The leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others were among the VIP guests.

"What is the financial condition of the state is known by all. The BJP got a huge mandate in the last elections and people had expectations from Raje, but she was careless and passed five years in carelessness," said Ashok Gehlot.

Usually, the oath-taking ceremonies take place in the Raj Bhawan but former CM Vasundhara Raje changed the trend by organising her swearing-in at Janpath outside Rajasthan Assembly building. 

The Congress had ousted Vasundhara Raje-led BJP from the state by winning 99 of the 199 seats in the December 7 Assembly elections.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Top Opposition and party leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were present on the premises of Albert Hall to take part in the oath-taking ceremony.