Bhopal: It was an array of political leaders who made it to the swearing-in ceremony of veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday in the presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi. He was administered the oath of office by Governor Anandiben Patel.

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Mallikarjun Kharge, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and NCP chief Sharad Pawar were also present, reported ANI. (Also read: ‘Rahul Should Resign as Cong Chief For Making Kamal Nath MP CM,’ Says BJP)

Newly elected Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot also attended the ceremony.

Earlier, the BJP demanded that Congress President Rahul Gandhi steps down as the party chief for anointing Nath, whose name came up following 1984 anti-Sikh riots, as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Addressing media, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Rahul Gandhi should resign as Congress’ chief. Kamal Nath ji’s name crops up along with the affidavit and evidence in a report submitted to Nanavati Commission. A man involved in anti-Sikh riots has been made the MP CM. Rahul Gandhi must expel him from the party.”

Elsewhere, the Delhi High Court reversed a trial court’s order that had acquitted senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Kumar has been handed out a life term.

Reacting, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “It is Sajjan Kumar today, it will be Jagdish Tytler tomorrow then Kamal Nath and eventually the Gandhi family.”