Ranchi, Aug. 24: By the time Birsa Mandap at Raj Bhavan was emptied of guests at today’s swearing-in ceremony of three Congress ministers, it was a mess.
Broken flower pots lay strewn about, plants had been trampled upon and several chairs were upturned as supporters of Yogendra Sao, Chandra Shekhar Dubey and Mannan Mallik were busy celebrating their leaders’ elevation as ministers.
“By tomorrow portfolios will be allocated to them (the three). On Tuesday, the first cabinet meeting will take place,” said minister and Congress legislature party leader Rajendra Prasad Singh.
The anointed hour was 4.30pm, but the ceremony started 14 minutes late. Dubey was the first to take oath. Mallik, an old and frail man, looked nervous with the crowd jostling around him.
Ministers did not have their portfolios yet. But that did not stop them from making promises.
Dubey said he would eradicate unemployment from Jharkhand within a year. Mallik promised to ensure water, road and electricity in Jharkhand soon. And Sao vowed to punish erring and non-performing officials.