Kamal Nath sworn in as Madhya Pradesh CM, first act is to sign off on farm loan waiver

File photo: Kamal Nath takes oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India Dec 17, 2018, 03.09 PM (IST)

Congress leader Kamal Nath was sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday.Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to Nath.

The governor had on Friday invited Nath to form the new government in the state.

The Congress on Thursday named Nath, a nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, to head the state Congress Legislature Party, after hours of hectic parleying between party chief Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders. 

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Nath's first act as chief minister was to sign off on the farm loan waiver promised by the Congress. 

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Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on April 26 and was at the forefront in steering the party to a win in the November 28 Assembly polls.

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Meanwhile, the venue of CM designate Bhupesh Baghel's oath-taking ceremony was changed due to rainfall today.

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Due to rainfall, the venue was changed from Science College ground to Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in Raipur, news agency ANI reported. 

Baghel was sworn in as Chhattisgarh CM on Monday evening. 

Bhupesh Baghel has served as Congress party chief for Chattisgarh and is also an MLA from Patan, he is credited for bringing the party back to power after 15 years in oblivion.

Apart from Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant were the top contenders for the post.

After mulling over various options for the past four days, Rahul Gandhi led Congress decided on Baghel, said sources. 

Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as Rajasthan Chief Minister earlier in the day.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on April 26 and was at the forefront in steering the party to a win in the November 28 Assembly polls.