Chhattisgarh CM announcement Live updates: Congress postpones decision till tomorrow

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Updated:Dec 15, 2018 5:29:18 pm

Congress Party again postponed the announcement of the name of Chhattisgarh CM candidate till tomorrow. The party registered a landslide victory in the state in the recently concluded polls by winning 68 of the 90 seats.

Chhattisgarh CM race: Rahul Gandhi met Chhattisgarh?s four potential CM candidates ? T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant, at his residence. (Twitter Image)

Chhattisgarh CM announcement Live updates: Congress Party again postponed the announcement of the name of Chhattisgarh CM candidate till Sunday. Congress state in-charge PL Punia said that a meeting will be convened tomorrow at 12 pm and the name of new Chhattisgarh CM will be announced after the meet. He advised the media not to hurry as the Governor has given the time till December 17 for the oath-taking ceremony.

After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders on Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh.

Gandhi met Chhattisgarh’s four potential chief minister candidates, T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant, at his Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi and held discussions with them.

The Congress registered a landslide victory in the state in the recently concluded polls by winning 68 of the 90 seats. The BJP, in power since 2003, was reduced to 15 seats.

As many as 24 of the 90 MLAs in the newly-elected Chhattisgarh Assembly have declared that they are facing criminal cases.

Thirteen of them are facing serious charges including assault and criminal intimidation, a report prepared by two NGOs said.

Meanwhile, outgoing Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that he will not move to the Centre but remain in state politics.

With an eye on 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress president has apparently chose to play safe by going with the old guard in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as he selected veterans Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot for the posts of CM to lead their respective states. The Congress on Friday named Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan’s next chief minister and Sachin Pilot his deputy.

 

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17:29 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Congress to convene party meet tomorrow to discuss Chhattisgarh CM candidate

Chhattisgarh Congress in-charge PL Punia said that a meeting will be convened tomorrow at 12 pm and the name of new Chhattisgarh CM will be announced after the meet.

16:03 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Decision on Chhattisgarh CM may be delayed: Sources

The decision on Chhattisgarh CM may be delayed till tomorrow. Earlier, Tamradhwaj Sahu was nearly set to be the next chief minister but others did not appear convince and they all have returned to Rahul Gandhi's residence, according to The Indian Express sources.

14:57 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Process taking time as we have more than 1 eligible name, says TS Singh Deo

One of the CM contenders, TS Singh Deo said "We have more than 1 eligible name that is why process is taking time, in any case final result came late on 11th so it has just been 4 days today. BJP which took more than 7-8 days to appoint its recent CMs should not comment on us."

14:54 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Loan waiver and MSP- Congress' strategy

Congress, which was out of power in the state since 2003 staged a resounding comeback particularly riding on poll promises of farmers' loan waiver and a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 2,500 for paddy.

14:50 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Details outstanding loans of farmers being sought

With the Congress storming to power in the state, the cooperative department has started the process of collecting details of the outstanding loans of farmers, in view of the loan waiver promise made by the party in its poll manifesto.

14:21 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Congress Legislature Party meeting at 4 pm

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is slated to be held at 4.00 pm in Raipur, the capital city of the state. However, it was not clear whether the announcement would be made in Delhi or in Raipur. Congress' central observer Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC in-charge for party affairs in Chhattisgarh P L Punia were also present at the meeting. 

14:18 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra present in the meeting

Reportedly, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief's residence.

14:17 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Third meeting

This is the third round of discussion that the Congress chief is holding before selecting the chief minister for Chhattisgarh, where the party romped home to power after 15 years with two-third majority.

13:37 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Supporters of Bhupesh Baghel show strength

Chhattisgarh: Congress workers and leaders also gather outside Chhattisgarh PCC President Bhupesh Baghel's residence in Raipur. Chief Minister to be announced later today. 

13:10 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Supporters gather outside TS Singh Deo's residence in Raipur

Chhattisgarh: Congress workers and leaders gather outside T S Singh Deo's residence in Raipur. Chief Minister to be announced later today.  

13:10 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Supporters gather outside TS Singh Deo's residence in Raipur

Chhattisgarh: Congress workers and leaders gather outside T S Singh Deo's residence in Raipur. Chief Minister to be announced later today.  

12:50 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Rahul holds hectic parleys with top leaders to select next C'garh CM

After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh. Sources said Gandhi met Chhattisgarh’s four potential chief minister candidates — T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant — at his Tughlaq Lane residence and held discussions with them. Read More: Rahul meets top Congress leaders

11:55 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Deo takes swipe at the BJP

'In any case final result came late on 11th so it has just been 4 days today. BJP which took more than 7-8 days to appoint its recent CMs should not comment on us,' Deo said.

11:54 (IST)15 Dec 2018
TS Singh Deo on delay

One of the leading contenders for Chhattisgarh's CM post, senior congress leader TS Singh Deo has said that the delay is due to the fact that the party has 'more than one eligible name.' 

10:50 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Congress' Mohammad Akbar won by the highest margin

Senior Congress leader Mohammad Akbar won by the highest margin of 59,284 votes against his BJP rival in the just concluded Chhattisgarh Assembly polls. He also got the highest 1,36,320 votes, as compared to the remaining candidates in the fray in the state polls, as per the EC data.

10:49 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Ajit Jogi-led party won 5 seats

Former chief minister Ajit Jogi-led Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) managed to win five seats while his ally BSP got two seats.

10:47 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Congress says no differences within the party

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Friday had denied any differences within the party and said a due process of consultation was on. "Be it Rajasthan or Chhattisgarh, a due process of discussions is on among the leaders so that we can form a good government. Madhya Pradesh has been decided and chief minister's issue will be decided for Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in a day or two also," he had said.

10:47 (IST)15 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh CM race: Top contenders

Besides Deo, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, Charan Das Mahant and Tamradhwaj Sahu are in the race for the top job of state where Congress wrested power from the BJP after 15 years. 

Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders on Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh. It was not clear whether the announcement would be made in the national capital or in Raipur.
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