New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister-designate Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said that the problem of Naxalism is a very serious and nobody can solve it instantly. Baghel made this remarks in his first press conference after Congress top brass announced his name as next CM of Chhattisgarh.
Talking to reporters, CM-designate Bhupesh Baghel said, “The problem of Naxalism is a very serious problem. Nobody can solve it instantly. They have a very strong hold. We will be successful in eliminating them if firm steps are taken with the support of the people in the Naxal-affected areas.”
He also said that decision on the appointment of deputy chief minister and Cabinet will be taken after the oath ceremony which will be organised tomorrow. “Many national leaders, including Rahul Gandhi&CM of several states, are expected to be present in the oath-taking ceremony,’ he added.
Earlier in the day, Congress on its official Twitter account announced and wished Baghel on his appointment as Chief Minister. The tweet read, “Celebrations are in order in Chhattisgarh as Bhupesh_Baghel is appointed CM. We wish him the best as he forms a govt. of equality, transparency and integrity starting off with farm loan waiver for farmers as we promised.”
The announcement came five days after the assembly election results. Top contenders for the post were– Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Charan Das Mahant and Tamradhwaj Sahu. Rahul Gandhi had been holding hectic parleys with top leaders to decide on the top post for the state, where the party romped home to power after 15 years with a two-third majority in the recently concluded Assembly Elections 2018.
Baghel will be the third Chief Minister of the state. He represents Patan Assembly constituency in Durg district. Baghel has been the President of Chhattisgarh Congress since October 2014. He is a former state minister and a former deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party during the first tenure of BJP from 2003-2008. He was recently arrested by the CBI for allegedly distributing a “fake sleaze video” featuring a BJP state minister. Baghel is currently out on bail.
Before selecting the chief minister for Chhattisgarh, Gandhi had met the four potential candidates for the post on Saturday at his Tughlaq Lane residence and held discussions with them. Congress’ central observer Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC in-charge for party affairs in Chhattisgarh P L Punia were also present at the meeting. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief’s residence, reports said.
The Congress won 68 of the 90 seats in the Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018, ousting Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Raman Singh from power. The saffron party could manage to only bag 15 seats.
On Friday, the Congress named Ashok Gehlot as chief minister of Rajasthan, where the party which won 99 seats has received the support of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) to reach the majority mark of 100. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader Kamal Nath was made chief minister-designate on December 13. The party emerged victorious on 114 seats, two short of the magic figure but got the support by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state.