BJP leader Raman Singh was on 12 December 2013 sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive term.
Raman Singh was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Shekhar Dutt during a grand swearing-in ceremony in Raipur-the state capital of Chhattisgarh.
The BJP registered a thumping victory by winning 49 of the 90 seats during the 2013 Assembly elections. Congress won 39 seats in the 90-member Assembly while the rest of the two seats went to BSP and an Independent each.
The 2013 Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh were held on 11 November and 19 November and the result was announced on 8th December 2013.
Raman Singh retained his Rajnandgaon Assembly constituency by defeating Congress' candidate Alka Mudliyar, the wife of former Congress MLA Uday Mudliyar who was killed in the Darbha naxal attack in May 2013, by a margin of 35866 votes.
About Raman Singh
• An ayurvedic doctor-turned-politician, Raman Singh was born on 15th October, 1952 in Kawardha, Chhattisgarh. He has been active in politics since 1976.
• Raman Singh, the three-term Chief Minister who had an uninterrupted 10-year rule in Chhattisgarh-the tribal-dominated state, earned the 'Chawal Wale Baba" nickname for the popularity of his unique pro-welfare schemes including distribution of rice at one rupee and two rupees per kg to families belonging to extremely poor and below poverty lines categories respectively.
• Raman Singh is the fourth chief minister of Chhattisgarh state.
Chhatisgarh, the 26th State of India, was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on 1 November 2000. Chhattisgarh abounds in hilly regions and plains. It receives an annual average rainfall of 60 inches. Rice is the principal crop of the State.
Uttar Pradesh to the north, Jharkhand to the north- east, Orissa to the east, Andhra Pradesh to the south-east and south, Maharashtra to the south-west and Madhya Pradesh to the west and north-west form its boundaries.
A predominantly tribal State endowed with rich mineral and forest wealth, Chhattisgarh has about 35 big and small tribes inhabiting the State.
The Mahanadi is the principal river of the State. The other major rivers are - Sheonath, Hadeo, Mand, Eeb, Pairi, Jonk, Kelo Udanti, Indrawati, Arpa and Maniyari. Spread over an area of 135194 square kilometers, the State comprises of sixteen districts.
Who: Raman Singh
When: 12 December 2013