New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel teared up while addressing party workers at the official event of handing over the charge as chief of Congress‘ Chhattisgarh unit to Mohan Markam. Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC

Speaking in Raipur on June 29, Baghel, the outgoing chief of the state party unit, couldn’t hold back his tears while making a farewell speech. Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI

Somewhere between greeting the assembly and thanking them for their support and work all these years, Baghel stopped for a brief moment, took off his glasses and sobbed a bit. Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention

In no time, the ground reverberated with Bhupesh Baghel Zindabad, Congress Party Zindabad (Long live Bhupesh Baghel, long live Congress party)

Reportedly, it was Baghel himself who had asked party president Rahul Gandhi to divest him of responsibilities as the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief after the drubbing they suffered in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress came to power in Chhattisgarh by winning 67 out of 90 seats in the 2018 Assembly elections. However, it won only two out of 11 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

In an official release earlier, party General Secretary KC Venugopal said, “Congress President Rahul Gandhi has appointed Mohan Markam as new Chhattisgarh Congress Pradesh Committee chief with immediate effect.”

The release said that the party appreciated the contribution of outgoing President of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Bhupesh Baghel.