Debating India


Uma sworn in as first women CM of MP


Monday 8 December 2003

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

BHOPAL: The first sanyasin to don the robe of a chief minister in India, firebrand leader Uma Bharti has many ’firsts’ to her credit as she became the first woman chief minister of Madhya Pradesh since its formation in 1956.

Forty-four-year old Bharti, who is perhaps the youngest politician so far to occupy the top job in MP, is also the first from the OBC (Other Backward Class) category to move into the coveted post in the central state which has a sizeable Backward class population.

She also became the first new chief minister of the state in the new millennium having steered her party to an unprecedented victory in the first state Assembly election this century.

It is also perhaps for the first time in recent times that the chief minister is heading a ruling party enjoying three fourth majority in the 230-member House with as many as 173 BJP legislators.

She also happened to be the first chief minister of MP to take oath at the historic Lal Parade ground in the presence of a galaxy of political stalwarts including Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and large number of religious leaders.

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