Vasundhara Raje takes oath as Rajasthan Chief Minister

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Jaipur, Dec 13: Vasundhara Raje Friday took oath as the chief minister of Rajasthan, five days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power crushing the Congress.

60-year-old Raje, who belongs to the royal Scindia family of Gwalior and married in Rajasthan, has been elected to the state assembly thrice and five times to Lok Sabha.

Governor Margaret Alva administered the oath of office to Vasundhara Raje at the Rajasthan assembly complex in the presence of thousands of supporters and senior party leaders.

Raje became Rajasthan's first woman chief minister in 2003 when the "angrezi-speaking maharani", a phrase used by her critics to refer to her elitist and royal background, led BJP to its most famous victory in the predominantly rural state.

In Jaipur

BJP's Vasundhara Raje being was sworn-in as Rajasthan Chief Minister by Governor Margaret Alva (R) in Jaipur on Friday.

In Jaipur

BJP's Vasundhara Raje greets the crowd after she was sworn-in as Rajasthan Chief Minister by Governor Margaret Alva (R) in Jaipur on Friday.

In Jaipur

BJP leader Vasundhara Raje seeks blessings of party President Rajnath Singh as senior leader LK Advani and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi look on during her swear-in as Rajasthan Chief Minister, in Jaipur on Friday.

In Jaipur

Newly sworn-in Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with her predecessor Ashok Gehlot waves to crowd during a ceremony in Jaipur on Friday.

In Jaipur

BJP leader Vasundhara Raje exchanges greetings with party PM candidate and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as party President Rajnath Singh looks on during her swear-in ceremony as Rajasthan Chief Minister, in Jaipur on Friday.

In Jaipur

BJP's Vasundhara Raje waves at the crowd after she was sworn-in as Rajasthan Chief Minister by Governor Margaret Alva in Jaipur on Friday.

In Jaipur

BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi with MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje's swearing-in ceremony in Jaipur on Friday.

With IANS inputs

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