New Delhi: Putting an end to the ongoing political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday took oath as chief minister of the state. Prior to this, he was elected as the leader of the state BJP legislative party in the evening. The ceremony was held at the Raj Bhawan. Also Read - Shivraj Singh Chouhan Likely to Take Oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister at 7 PM Today

Ahead of the oath-taking, Chouhan had said that he will work honestly for development of  the state as a party worker.

“As a BJP worker, I’ll work honestly for development of MP. But right now, the aim is to stop spread of COVID-19. I’ve appealed to party workers to not celebrate the oath-taking ceremony and not come out on streets. They should stay at home and pray for the newly formed government,” he had said.

Wearing masks due to coronavirus threat and sitting two chairs away from each other, the legislative party members unanimously elected Chouhan as their leader. In the meeting, BJP’s central observers Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe were also present.

Making the announcement, state BJP president Vishnu Dutt Sharma had said only Chouhan will take oath at a simple function at Raj Bhavan around 9 PM and all health protocols will be followed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Rest of the things will take place later. Right now there is emergency to fight COVID-19,” he added.

Ahead of the BJP legislative meeting, senior party MLA Gopal Bhargava tendered his resignation from the post of Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.

“Today, on March 23, 2020, I tender my resignation from the post of Leader of Opposition. Please accept my resignation forthwith,” Bhargava said in a letter addressed to the Assembly secretariat’s principal secretary.

On the day of the floor test in the state assembly, Congress veteran Kamal Nath had on March 20 resigned as chief minister of the state, paving the way for formation of the BJP-led government.

After Nath’s resignation, Governor Tandon had on Sunday written to Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati, stating about the no-confidence motion brought by the BJP against him and the resignation of BJP MLA Sharad Kol.

On the other hand, Chouhan on Saturday alleged that Speaker Prajapati was pressuring the Secretariat to accept the resignation of Kol.