Bhupesh Baghel is new Chhattisgarh chief minister

Bhupesh Baghel is new Chhattisgarh chief minister

NEW DELHI: Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was Sunday appointed the new chief minister of state after days of intense deliberations with top party leadership headed by Rahul Gandhi.nnThe announcement was made by the Congress on its official Twitter handle even when the meeting of the Legislature Party was on in Raipur.nnThe party also announced that the new Congress government in the state would work on equality, transparency and integrity and its first task would be to declare a loan waiver for farmers of the state.nn”Celebrations are in order in Chhattisgarh as Bhupesh Baghel is appointed CM. We wish him the best as he forms a government of equality, transparency and integrity starting off with loan waiver for farmers as we promised,” the party tweeted, along with a picture of Baghel.nnTop party leadership have had intense discussions over the past three days before deciding on Baghel as the chief minister.nnThe OBC leader, who steered the party to a stupendous victory with a two-thirds majority in Chhattisgarh pipped party colleagues T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant for the top post, as Gandhi selected him to lead the state government.nn”It was a tough decision because all the four leaders worked equally for the party and they all are equal,” Kharge said.nnAfter having discussions with the four aspirants, Gandhi decided to chose Baghel as the chief minister and “we conveyed the message to all the legislators today in the CLP meeting during which they all accepted it and unanimously elected Baghel as the CLP leader,” Kharge said.nn”There are several challenges before us as we have come to power after 15 years in the state. We will fulfil our poll promises and we are confident that Baghel will discharge his responsibilities well,” he said.nnMeanwhile, the party, in its twitter handle, said the new Congress government in the state would work on equality, transparency and integrity and its first task would be to declare a loan waiver for farmers of the state.nn”Celebrations are in order in Chhattisgarh as Bhupesh Baghel is appointed CM. We wish him the best as he forms a government of equality, transparency and integrity starting off with loan waiver for farmers as we promised,” the party tweeted, along with a picture of Baghel.nnTop party leadership have had intense discussions over the past three days before deciding on Baghel, the MLA from Patan constituency in Durg district, as the chief minister.nnRahul Gandhi had held several rounds of discussion with the four aspirants at his Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi on Saturday.nnOn December 12, the CLP had met here in the presence of AICC observer Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC-in-charge for Chhattisgarh, P L Punia.nnIt had then passed a resolution authorising Gandhi to take a final call on who the next chief minister would be.nnIn the two-phase polls that took place on November 12 and November 20, the Congress had romped home to power in Chhattisgarh after 15 years with a two-third majority, winning 68 seats in the 90-member House.nnThe BJP, which was in power in the state since 2003, was reduced to 15 seats.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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