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.