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Uma Bharti takes over as first woman CM of Madhya Pradesh

December 08, 2003 12:16 IST
Last Updated: December 08, 2003 13:14 IST

Uma BhartiBJP leader Uma Bharti was on Monday sworn-in as the first woman chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. She will head a 12-member ministry.

Bharti, who steered the BJP to landslide victory in Madhya Pradesh, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Prakash Gupta at the historic Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani and a galaxy of leaders.

Attired in her traditional saffron outfit, Bharti took the oath in Hindi. Twelve cabinet ministers and five ministers of state were also sworn in at the ceremony.

Those present at the impressive ceremony included Union Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, Defence Minister George Fernandes, Food Minister Sharad Yadav, Divestment Minister Arun Shourie, Textiles Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Haryana Chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and Bharti's predecessor Digvijay Singh.

Among others present were former BJP president Kushabhau Thakre, state BJP chief Kailash Joshi, Union ministers (from Madhya Pradesh) Satyanarayan Jatia, Sumitra Mahajan, Phagan Singh Kulaste and Prahlad Patel.

Cabinet ministers:
Babulal Gaur
Gouri Shankar Shejwar
Kailash Chawla
Dhal Singh Bisen
Gopal Bhargav
Kailash Vijayavargya
Choudhury Chandrabhan Singh
Narendra Tomar
Harnam Singh
Ramakant Tiwari
Om Prakash Dhurve

Ministers of State:
Anoop Mishra
Meena Singh
Jagdish Mubel
Badrilal Yadav
Alka Jain

A special feature of the function was the presence of over 50 saints, sadhus and VHP leaders Giriraj Kishore and Nritya Gopal Das besides a large number of people from various strata of society who thronged the venue to have a glimpse of the new chief minister.

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Sub: New ruler in MP

A good piece on the subject.A sanyasin is going to rule the kingdom of MP where a Raja has failed to do it successfully.

Posted by Raghavan

Sub: Historical moment

WOW!!! Is' nt that something winderful and historical. I would not like to stress upon the fact that she is a woman CM of the ...

Posted by Raj

Sub: Uma Bharati, the CM

In stead of struggling endless effort for 33 per cent election seats, women should try to raise their numbers as CMs from present 5 CMs ...

Posted by L.N. Bajaj

Sub: Ms. Uma Bharati

Sir; First of all my heartiest conratulations to the people of Madhya Pradesh and to Ms. Uma Bharati. May she have a long and fruitful ...

Posted by Rajesh Vyas

Sub: uma bharti takes over as ....

sir, the Sanyasi oma bharthi should not accept the any political seat , because she is declared as Sanyasi" that means " she should not ...

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