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MP CM Kamal Nath Addresses the Media Hours After Assuming Office

The Congress party announced Kamal Nath as the chief minister on Thursday night, ending a long day of drama  

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President Rahul Gandhi (R) with newly-sworn in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath (L) and party MP Jyotiraditya Scindia wave at the crowd during swearing-in-ceremony.
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Hours after assuming office as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath cleared the proposal of waiving farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh as promised by Congress president Rahul Gandhi ahead of assembly polls.

Congress leader Kamal Nath was sworn in as the 18th chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal’s Jamburi Maidan on Monday, 17 December.

Governor Anandiben Patel, who administered the oath of office to Nath, had, on Friday 14 December, invited Nath to form the new government in the state.

In a show of Opposition solidarity, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, and NCP chief Sharad Pawar were present at the swearing-in ceremony in Bhopal. Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Mallikarjun Kharge also attended the event.

5:51 PM , 17 Dec

MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath Addresses Media

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4:56 PM , 17 Dec
KEY EVENT

Kamal Nath Initiates Process For Farm Loan Waivers

On the day of taking oath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath has initiated the process to waive off farmers' loans.

The Congress party had promised to write off farm loans within 10 days of assuming office.

2:59 PM , 17 Dec
KEY EVENT

Political Leaders at Kamal Nath's Swearing-in Ceremony

Those present at the swearing-in ceremony included Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, MPs Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, DMK's MK Stalin, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, and Kamal Nath's predecessor and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present.

(Left to right): Jyotiraditya Scindia, former MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
(Left to right): Jyotiraditya Scindia, former MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@OmarAbdullah)
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2:59 PM , 17 Dec
KEY EVENT

Kamal Nath Sworn-in as Madhya Pradesh CM

Kamal Nath took the oath of office as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister on Monday, 17 December.

The Congress had on Thursday, 13 December, named Nath, the nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, as the CM-desginated after hours of hectic parleys between party chief Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders.

Nath, who has previously held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on 26 April. He played a key leader in steering the party to a win in the 28 November Assembly polls.


Published: 12 Dec 2018, 10:45 AM IST
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