New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is likely to decide on the chief ministerial face for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Thursday even as Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath, Bhupesh Baghel remain frontrunners for the top post. The party emerged as single-largest in the recently concluded Assembly Election 2018 in these states.
Earlier on Wednesday, the newly-elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan authorised Rahul Gandhi to take final decision on CM face in both the states. A resolution to this effect was reportedly passed at a meeting of the respective legislature parties in the presence of central observers.
“The process of electing the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan is presently ongoing. Congress party believes in the democratic process of knowing the view point of each elected legislator,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the reporters.
In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the two crucial states in the light of Lok Sabha elections 2019, it is Ashok Gehlot versus Sachin Pilot and Kamal Nath versus Jyotiraditya Scindia for the CM post. However, TV reports claim that a decision has already been reached upon by the Congress over the face for the top post.
In Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the newly elected MLAs met to decide on the CM face for the states. “Whatever the MLAs have to say they will say in the meeting and final decision is left to the Congress president and other party leaders. We will take a call today,” Rajasthan Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot, who won from Tonk in Assembly Election 2018, told reporters.
In Madhya Pradesh, Congress emerged victorious on 114 seats, two short of the magic figure but the party got the support by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP). While in Rajasthan, the Congress which won 99 seats has received the support of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) to reach the majority mark of 100, the party sailed through comfortably in Chhattisgarh. It won a total of 68 seats in the state.