After 5 days of hectic discussions , the Congress party has finally announced that the PCC chief of the party in Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel would be the new Chief Minister. Congress president Rahul Gandhi held talks with several leaders before finalising on Baghel.
Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel was sworn in as the chief minister of Chhattisgarh. MLAs T S Singh Deo and Tamradhwaj Sahu, who were front-runners for the CM’s post, were sworn in as ministers.
Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office and secrecy to Baghel, 57, and the two during the swearing-in ceremony at the Balbeer Juneja Indoor Stadium.
Baghel, who took charge as Congress state president Congress after the 2013 assembly polls, was credited for the massive victory of the party in the recent assembly polls where Congress won 68 seats in the 90-member House. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which was in power in the state since 2003, bagged just 15 seats in the elections.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were among the leaders from across the political spectrum who attended the event. Out-going CM Raman Singh too was present.
Others present included general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, Puducherry CM V Narayansamy, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav.
The OBC leader, who steered the party to a stupendous victory with a two-thirds majority in Chhattisgarh and ousting the 15- year-old BJP government of Raman Singh, pipped party colleagues T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant for the top post.
The Congress party announced Baghel as CM on its twitter handle
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