Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh was on Thursday sworn-in as the 20th Governor of Rajasthan. Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Sunil Ambwani administered the oath of office to Mr. Singh at a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur. Before that, Chief Secretary Rajiv Mehirshi read out the warrant of appointment issued by the President. Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and senior officers were present on the occasion. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik was holding the additional charge of Rajasthan before the appointment of Kalyan Singh. Mr. Naik was given the additional charge of Rajasthan after Margaret Alva completed her term on August 5.
Enthusiast party workers shouted slogans 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Vande Mataram' when Singh was taking the oath. He was also given a guard of honour. Singh had been the face of BJP’s Ram Mandir campaign back in the 80’s and 90’s. The ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan also picked up its political connotation back then. A Governor’s post is a constitutional office, and the shouting of the slogan at the swearing in of a Governor was condemned by the Congress. Kalyan said that there’s no harm in such kind of chanting as it’s a matter of their faith and love.