Mr Chaturvedi was administered oath by Speaker Sitasaran Sharma. He defeated his nearest rival Shankar Dayal Tripathi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a margin of more than 14,000 votes. Soon after Mr Chaturvedi took oath, Congress member Mukesh Nayak chanted the slogan 'Jai Jai Shri Ram'. Other Congress members too joined him.
Mocking at opposition members, senior BJP member and former chief minister Babulal Gaur said, “Der aye durust aye (better late than never)'. Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargav said the Congress has realised that only Lord Rama could come to their succor and their leaders are visiting temples in Gujarat.
Congress member Ramniwas Rawat said Lord Rama belonged to everyone and everyone can take his refuge. The by-election in Chitrakoot was necessitated following the demise of sitting Congress legislator Prem Singh. (UNI)