Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, Manjula Chellur, administered the oath of office to 75-year-old Dikshit.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his Cabinet colleagues were present on the occasion.

Dikshit succeeds Nikhil Kumar, who resigned as Kerala’s Governor to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Kumar will fight from Aurangabad seat in Bihar.

Dikshit’s well-wishers and her family members were present at the occasion.

During the Delhi Assembly elections in December 2013, Dikshit suffered an ignominious defeat from New Delhi seat at the hands of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal, who succeeded Dikshit and has since resigned over the Jan Lokpal issue, won by more than 22,000 votes. The Congress came poor, bagging just eight seats in a House of 70.

Dikshit served as Chief Minister from 1998 to 2013 in Delhi. She had also represented Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh during the period between 1984 and 1989.


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