New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath was on late Thursday evening named as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, after hours of hectic parleys held by the party president Rahul Gandhi with senior party leaders in the national capital. Meanwhile, the suspense over who will be the next CM of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh still looms large. While, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are the top contenders for the post in Rajasthan, a choice between TS Singh Deo and Bhupesh Baghel is to be made in Chhattisgarh. The decision rests with the Congress president and is likely by evening today.
Accepting party’s mandate, Kamal Nath said that as the new chief minister he would ensure all promises made by the Congress are fulfilled and that Madhya Pradesh’s future was secure. He thanked Jyotiraditya Scindia for his immense support and denied having problems with him. The 72-year-old leader will meet Governor Anandiben Patel at 10.30 AM on Friday to take forward the government formation and discuss the details of swearing-in ceremony.
Meanwhile, AICC in-charge of Rajasthan, Avinash Pande, told PTI that a decision on who has been named as chief minister for the state will be announced at the legislature party meeting in Jaipur. Earlier on Thursday, supporters of Pilot and Gehlot spilled into violence in some areas of the state. The two hopefuls for the post appealed to party workers to maintain peace and discipline, saying they have full faith in the party leadership and would abide by its final decision.
In Chhattisgarh, an announcement on who will be appointed for the top post, among TS Singh Deo and Bhupesh Baghel, is likely on Friday. Several incidents of scuffle were reported outside the residence of 57-year-old state party chief Baghel and leader of opposition in outgoing assembly TS Singh Deo.
The Congress bagged 114 seats in the recently held Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 ending Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) 15-year rule under Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The party secured support of a total of 121 MLAs, including SP (1) and BSP (2) legislators as also of four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-member assembly.
In Chhattisgarh, the party comfortably pipped the Raman Singh government by winning 68 seats. The majority mark in the state was 46. On the other hand, the party emerged as the single-largest one in Rajasthan with 99 seats but, fell short of one seat in reaching the majority mark. It has been offered support by RLD in the state.