Congress announces Bhupesh Bhagel as Chhattisgarh chief minister
New Delhi: Chhatisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel declared as the state’s chief minister by Congress on Sunday. The decision was announced in a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Raipur a day after four top contenders for the job met party president Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi.
The name of the CM was announced after a meeting of the MLAs at the Congress office in Raipur at 12.30 pm.
Celebrations are in order in Chhattisgarh as @Bhupesh_Baghel is appointed CM. We wish him the best as he forms a govt. of equality, transparency & integrity starting off with farm loan waiver for farmers as we promised. pic.twitter.com/7OqGcPi2eh
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 16, 2018
Gandhi met Chhattisgarh leaders Bhagel, leader of opposition in the outgoing state Assembly TS Singhdeo, Lok Sabha MP Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant. Bhagel and Singhdeo were said to be the top in the race for the top job.
Gandhi posted an image with the four Chhatisgarh leaders on Saturday, sending a message that an agreement has been reached.
Baghel, 57, is an OBC leader of Kurmi caste from Chhatisgarh’s Durg. He had served as a transport minister in Digvijaya Singh’s cabinet in MP and later in Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh cabinet in 2000.