Bhupesh Baghel Next Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
The Congress Party has selected Bhupesh Baghel, its party president in the Chhattisgarh, as the state’s chief minister after big victory in the assembly elections.
The decision comes after Congress President Rahul Gandhi held discussions with top party members over the weekend for selecting the chief minister of the Naxal-affected state. Gandhi held several rounds of discussions on Saturday with the four aspirants for the post—TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant—at his Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi.
Baghel will take oath on Monday while the rest of the state cabinet will be decided at a later date, Congress’ central observer Mallikarjun Kharge said. “It was a tough decision because all the four leaders worked equally for the party and they all are equal,” Kharge added.
Speaking about the challenges the Congress will have to first address, Kharge said: “There are several challenges before us as we have come to power after 15 years in the state. We will fulfill our poll promises and we are confident that Baghel will discharge his responsibilities well.”
Hours after the declaration, Baghel who was visiting the Governor’s house in Raipur was quoted by ANI as saying that the decision on deputy chief minister and new state Cabinet will be taken after his swearing-in ceremony. “Decision for the appointment of deputy CM and state Cabinet will be taken after I take oath tomorrow. Many national leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and CM of several states, are expected to be present for the oath-taking ceremony,” said Baghel.
Baghel’s oath-taking ceremony will take place on December 17, while the rest of the state cabinet will be decided later, Congress’ central observer Mallikarjun Kharge said.
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