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Raje becomes first woman CM in Rajasthan

Monday 8 December 2003

Article paru dans le Times of India, ?dition du 8 d?cembre 2003.

JAIPUR: Vasundhara Raje, scion of the royal Scindia family from Gwalior , who led the saffron surge to secure the biggest majority for BJP in Assembly elections in Rajasthan, on Monday took over as the first woman chief minister of the state.

The 50-year old daughter-in-law of the Dholpur royals in the desert state was sworn in at a grand public function by Governor Kailashpati Misra along with nine ministers in the presence of a galaxy of BJP leaders.

This is the first time that the swearing in ceremony was held in a public place — on the lawns of the state Assembly.

Raje, clad in a yellow-saffron saree, inducted eight Cabinet ministers and one minister of state at the function, as small planes showered flower-petals on the people, who had thronged the venue.

Party President M Venkaiah Naidu, General Secretary Pramod Mahajan who was among those that orchestrated BJP’s unprecedented win, Union ministers Jaswant Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sahib Singh Verma and Digvijay Singh as also chief ministers from the BJP-ruled states of Gujarat , Narendra Modi and Goa , Pratap Rane attended the ceremony.

Outgoing Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also attended the function.

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