MP: Ramniwas Rawat included in the cabinet, had to take oath for the second time due to mistake in words

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Bhopal. Congress-turned-BJP leader Ram Niwas Rawat on Monday took oath as a cabinet minister in Madhya Pradesh as Chief Minister Mohan Yadav expanded his cabinet nearly seven months after assuming office. According to an official, Rawat had to take oath twice as he had mistakenly read ‘Rajya Mantri’ (Minister of State) instead of ‘Rajya Ke Mantri’ (Cabinet Minister) while taking oath the first time. The mistake in words also led to some confusion among media personnel for some time.

The official said, “When the concerned officials came to know about this mistake, it was decided that Rawat should take oath again.” The initial ceremony of Rawat’s swearing-in was held in the Sandipani Auditorium of the Raj Bhavan, while later the same program was held in the Darbar Hall of the “Governor House”. Governor Mangubhai Patel again administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rawat in the Darbar Hall in the presence of Chief Minister Yadav and other dignitaries. The official said that after this Rawat took oath as ‘Minister of State’.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the Chief Minister told reporters outside the Raj Bhavan, “Rawat took oath as a cabinet minister today (Monday).” Rawat, who joined the BJP from the Congress, also clarified before the media that he has taken oath as a cabinet minister.
Chief Minister Yadav took charge of the state on 13 December 2023 after the assembly elections held in November 2023. Rawat, a six-time MLA from Vijaypur in Sheopur district, switched sides and joined the ruling BJP on 30 April during the Lok Sabha election campaign.

However, Rawat has not yet resigned from the assembly as a Congress MLA. Rawat joined the BJP at an election rally, but he was hesitant to openly confirm his defection. The official said that with Rawat joining the Yadav cabinet, the number of cabinet members has increased to 32, including the Chief Minister himself.

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