Congress picks Bhupesh Baghel as chief minister of Chhattisgarh

WION Web Team Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India Dec 16, 2018, 10.38 AM(IST)

File photo: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. Photograph:( ANI )

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The Gandhi scion held discussions with senior state leaders TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Baghel and Charan Das Mahant, all claimants for the top post. 

Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel will be the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. The decision was announced at the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party on Sunday.

Bhupesh Baghel is Congress party chief for Chattisgarh and also an MLA from Patan, he is credited for bringing the party back to power after 15 years in oblivion.

Apart from Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant were the top contenders for the post.

After mulling over various options for the past four days, Rahul Gandhi led Congress decided on Baghel, said sources. 

The Gandhi scion held discussions with senior state leaders for the top post in New Delhi.

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Sources said the process of consultation on who will be the next chief minister of Chhattisgarh was marked by flip-flop throughout the day.

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Yesterday, the Congress president tweeted a smiling picture of all the four aspirants for the Chhattisgarh CM's post along with a quote by Reid Hoffman.

"No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team. - Reid Hoffman," he tweeted. 

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Congress had romped home to power in Chhattisgarh after 15 years with a two-third majority.

The Congress had on Friday named Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan's next chief minister after several rounds of discussions lasting more than two days. 

In Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader Kamal Nath was announced as chief minister-designate on December 13. 

(With inputs from agencies)