New Delhi, Aug 12: Senior Congress leader TS Singh Deo on Sunday said that like goddess Sita chose Lord Ram, the party will select its Chief Minister’s face in Chhattisgarh through a swayamvar. Trying to draw comparisons, he also said that the party, which has been out of power in the state for last 15 years, will come to power after the assembly elections just like Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile.

On being asked if the Congress party would be projecting someone as its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the polls, he made an analogy from Hindu epic Ramayana and said Lord Ram did not get married straight on. “He had the Swayamvar. There are many good people in the party who have done very good work. So there will be Swayamvar after the polls’ victory,” he said, in an interview to PTI.

Justifying why the party won’t elect a CM face ahead of the assembly polls due this year, Singh said current CM Raman Singh was not declared the chief ministerial candidate in 2003. “Where was Yogi Adityanath face in UP election? They (BJP) did not have any face. They also did Swayamvar. Yahan bhi ho jayega (will happen here too),” Singh Deo said.

“It is not like that it is a sort of hidden thing. There are many good leaders in Congress. A chief minister’s face by itself is not guaranteed for anything. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP lost the seat of designated CM candidate,” Singh Deo said. When asked about the post-poll alliance and the possible outcome, he said that the Congress is open to an alliance with like-minded opposition parties to ensure the BJP is out of power in the state, adding, “Ram came back after 14 years. I am sure we will end this Vanvaas.”

“Things are not good in the country. Disagreements are fine. But if you cannot hold a particular view and you force them to tow a particular line with the use of state machinery then it is wrong. If you say anything against the government then you are anti-national. If this is going to be atmosphere in the country, it is not only tragic but something major needs to be done to check it,” he said on being asked about an alliance between regional parties and the Congress.

With PTI inputs