New Delhi: The Congress has decided to anoint Kamal Nath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, said a report on Thursday. According to the report, the announcement would be made at 5 PM. Likewise, the name of Rajasthan Chief Minister would be announced by 4.30 PM.
Nath is to take oath on December 14 along with dozen other ministers. Congress’ Rajasthan leaders Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have already met party president Rahul Gandhi over the issue and have returned to their state.
The Congress secured 114 seats in the recently concluded elections in Madhya Pradesh, falling two short of the majority in the 230-seat Assembly. However, help came in the form of both BSP and SP extending support. The two have 2 and 1 seat respectively in the Assembly.
A report also suggested that four Independents, all Congress rebels, are also likely to extend support.
In Rajasthan, the Congress secured 99 seats, falling one short of the majority. Here, RLD, with its 1 MLA has extended support and so has Mayawati’s BSP.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan resigned as the Madhya Pradesh chief minister on Wednesday, taking complete responsibility for the BJP’s ouster from power in the heartland state.
Leaving from the Raj Bhavan, Chouhan said he was a “free man” and congratulated senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, though the grand old party was yet to formally announce him as the CM pick.
Vasundhara Raje has also put in her papers as Rajasthan chief minister. Two-time former chief minister and General Secretary of All India Congress Committee Ashok Gehlot, and former Member of Parliament and Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot are in line for the CM post.