Ramesh Pokhariyal sworn-in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister

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Dehradun, June 27 (ANI): Ramesh Pokhariyal was sworn-in as the fifth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand today.

He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor BL Joshi at a function organised at Raj Bhavan here.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh, senior party leader M M Joshi, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Chidanand Muni of Parmarth Niketan ashram were also present during the ceremony.

Three MLAs-Matbar Singh Kandari, Bishan Singh Chufal and Madan Kaushik-also took oath as cabinet ministers.

Pokhriyal was elected leader of the BJP Legislative Party after the resignation of B C Khanduri.

He staked a claim to form the new government after Khanduri resigned on Thursday owning moral responsibility for the BJP's poor performance in the recent general election in Uttarakhand. (ANI)

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