Zee Media Bureau
Raipur: After a historic win in the Assembly elections, Raman Singh was on Thursday sworn-in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive time.
The oath-taking ceremony was held in the presence of several senior politicians.
Singh, (61), was administered the oath of office by the state Governor at a ceremony held at the police parade ground where tight security arrangements were in place.
The BJP registered a thumping victory by winning 49 of the 90 seats, one less from its 2008 figure, while the Congress managed to win 39 Assembly seats. Rest of the two seats went to BSP and an Independent each.
An ayurvedic doctor-turned-politician, Singh retained his Rajnandgaon Assembly constituency by defeating Congress candidate Alka Mudliya, the wife of former Congress MLA Uday Mudliyar, who was killed in the Darbha Maoist attack, by a margin of 35,866 votes.
Singh now joins the club of BJP chief ministers who have scored hat-tricks in their respective states.
With agency inputs