New Delhi: The Congress party has decided to announce the name of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister on Sunday. Chhattisgarh Congress state in-charge, PL Punia, while talking to reporters, confirmed that an official announcement will be made after a legislature party meeting at 12 PM today (December 16). Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Takes Dig at BJP For Free Vaccine Poll Promise, Shashi Tharoor Calls it Appalling
“A meeting will be held at 12 pm tomorrow (Sunday). Then we will inform (Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh). Governor has given us the time of 4.30 pm on December 17 for the oath ceremony. So what’s the hurry?” asked Punia. Also Read - Why Should I Apologise: Kamal Nath Snubs Rahul Gandhi After Criticism on 'Item' Remark
Earlier in the day, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had hinted at the end of tussle for the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, tweeting a picture of himself flanked by all the four claimants to the post. Also Read - 'Unfortunate', Rahul Gandhi Disapproves of Kamal Nath's 'Item' Remark Against BJP Candidate
Posting pictures of the four contenders in the race for the CM post– Bhupesh Baghel, T.S. Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant — Gandhi quoted American internet entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saying, “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” Baghel, the state party chief, is said to be the frontrunner in the CM race.
Gandhi’s tweet follows his hectic parleys with Chhattisgarh leaders, along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, party’s observer for Chhattisgarh, and P.L. Punia, who is in-charge in the state.
The Congress won 68 of the 90 seats in the Assembly elections, ousting BJP from power after 15 years.