MP CM announcement highlights: It’s official now – Kamal Nath to be next CM; Rahul Gandhi chooses him over Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Former Union minister and Congress' Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath is set to take over the 18th Chief Minister of the central state.

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MP Chief Minister (CM) Race highlights: Former Union minister and Congress’ Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath looks set to take over the 18th Chief Minister of the central state. On Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh Congress media in-charge Shobha Ojha informed that newly elected MLAs have unanimously chosen their leader. Though Ojha did not reveal the name when asked by reporters, reports are doing the rounds that MLAs have preferred Nath over Jyotiraditya Scindia and that he would be the next CM. TV reports say that Jyotiraditya Scindia has also backed his candidature. According to Ojha, party’s observer AK Antony met MLAs on Wednesday to seek their feedback and he will convey the same to Congress president Rahul Gandhi who has been authorised by the legislators to a final call.

In the just concluded elections in Madhya Pradesh Congress, the Congress won 114 seats, making comeback after a gap of 15 years. Although it failed to gain a majority on its own in the 230-member House, the party has support of 2 BSP and 1 Samajwadi Party MLAs. The BJP won 109 seats.

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Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kamal Nath with AICC Observor AK Antony and Jitendra Singh, senior party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia , Digvijaya Singh and others during Madhya Pradesh Congress Legislative Party Meeting, in Bhopal.Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath met Governor Anandiben Patel on Wednesday and staked his party's claim to form the next government in the state. "We have staked claim," he told reporters after the meeting at Raj Bhavan. Late on Tuesday, Nath wrote to Governor urging her to give him an appointment as the Congress emerhed single largest party with 114 seats. The Congress won 114 seats, two short of a majority in the 230-member house. The party enjoys support of 2 BSP and 1 SP MLAs. The Congress had ruled the state last till 2003 when the BJP stormed to the power with a brute majority.
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