Kamal Nath takes oath as Madhya Pradesh CM: 10 things you should know about 'Indira's third son'
- Kamal Nath, a nine-term MP from Chhindwara, is one of the longest serving LS members
- Nath is called “Bada bhai” of ‘Diggy Raja’ – a tag he earned during Digvijaya’s 10-year rule in MP
- He is considered to be close to the Gandhi family and has ties with the family since the Sanjay Gandhi era
Earlier in the day Ashok Gehlot took oath as Rajasthan Chief Minister in Jaipur in a grand function.
After a see-saw battle on Tuesday, Congress emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh with 114 seats, two short of a simple majority. The BJP, which had ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats.
Here is all you should know about Madhya Pradesh's new CM:
* Nath, a nine-term MP from Chhindwara, is one of the longest serving and senior most members of Lok Sabha.
* Nath is called “Bada bhai” of ‘Diggy Raja’ – a tag he earned during Digvijaya Singh’s ten-year rule (1993-2003) in MP when Nath and Digvijay neutralised veterans like Arjun Singh, Madhavrao Scindia and the Shukla brothers.
* He is considered to be close to the Gandhi family and has ties with the family since the Sanjay Gandhi era. He contributed to the fall of Janata regime of 1979 by sowing seeds of discontent between Morarji Desai and Charan Singh.
* The seventh Lok Sabha had a group of young MPs including Nath who were criticised by the opposition as “Sanjay ke chokre” (Sanjay Gandhi's boys).
*A slogan from those days revealed the importance of Nath among the Gandhi family loyalists: “Indira Gandhi ke do haath, Sanjay Gandhi, Kamal Nath”. Many in the party recall that former PM Indira Gandhi described him as her "third son" who helped her take on the Morarji Desai-led regime in 1979.
* Born in Kanpur in 1946 in a business family, Nath went to the famous Doon School which later brought him proximity to the Gandhi family.
* The Doon tag brought Nath close to Rajiv Gandhi and when the young Prime Minister faced a major challenge from V P Singh in 1987, Kamal Nath moved in as one of his close advisors.
* In 2008, Nath was honoured with the title "Business Reformer of the year" by The Economic Times. Nath also serves as president of the board of governors for The Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad.
* Nath's tactic to present the Congress as a party that promotes Hindu causes might have been one important reason behind the party's victory in the state.
* Kamal Nath has been often accused of leading mobs during the anti-Sikh riots in 1984, but he has denied the accusations.