New Delhi: A day after reports of the Opposition coming together for the swearing-in ceremonies of Congress Chief Ministers in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, news to the contrary began to emerge on Monday with the ANI reporting that Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati were unlikely to make it to any of the ceremonies.
The ceremonies are being seen as another show of Opposition unity at Bhopal, Jaipur and Raipur. In Madhya Pradesh, veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath (a nine-time parliamentarian from Chhindwara seat and currently president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress) will take the oath of office in the presence of several UPA leaders, including party president Rahul Gandhi, at the Jamboree Maidan.
In Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot will be sworn in as the CM along with deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. Meanwhile, in Chhattisgarh, 58-year-old Bhupesh Baghel will take the oath of office.
While Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be attending all the three oath-taking ceremonies, other prominent opposition leaders likely to attend the events include former prime minister HD Devegowda and Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah.
Sources said the Congress has also invited the Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Sanjay Singh is likely to attend the events. “The Congress has invited our party and Arvind Kejriwal has authorised me to go as the party representative to Rajasthan,” IANS quoted AAP MP Sanjay Singh as saying.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu will also be attending the events along with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. Other leaders invited include AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal, TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi and LJD leader Sharad Yadav.
Also on the guest list are JMM’s Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Vikas Manch leader Babulal Marandi, Swabhimani Paksh leader Raju Shetty and former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.