Bhupesh Baghel is Chhattisgarh CM updates: Chief minister-designate says Congress govt will fulfil 'aspirations, hopes and desires'

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Bhupesh Baghel is Chhattisgarh CM updates: Chief minister-designate says Congress govt will fulfil 'aspirations, hopes and desires'
  • 15:22 (IST)

    Bhupesh Baghel thanks Rahul Gandhi for giving him 'responsibility to construct new Chhattisgarh'

    After being appointed Chhattisgarh chief minister, Congress' Bhupesh Baghel thanked party president Rahul Gandhi for entrusting him the "responsibility of bringing in the majority, and now trusting him with the responsibility of constructing a new Chhattisgarh."

    He further assured the people of Chhattisgarh that the "Congress government will work to fulfil their aspirations, hopes and desires."

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Baghel truly deserving of praise for landslide victory: BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha 

    BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Sunday tweeted out congratulations to the new Chhattisgarh chief minister, saying that he is "truly deserving of praise for this landslide victory."

    "Not that the others are any less but he is better than the best," he wrote.

  • 15:05 (IST)

    New Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot congratulates Chhattisgarh counterpart

    Senior Congress leader and newly appointed Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to offer his "heartiest Congratulations to Bhupesh Baghel ji on becoming the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh."


    "May the state attain new heights in your leadership...My best wishes," he wrote.

    Both Gehlot and Baghel will be sworn in on Monday in back-to-back ceremonies, along with their Madhya Pradesh counterpart Kamal Nath.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    RECAP: Congress sweeps Chhattisgarh in Assembly polls

    Of the 90 seats in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, the Congress won 68 seats, leaving only 15 constituencies for the outgoing BJP government and the rest for other parties. Even in these 15 seats, reports suggest that the BJP won only because there was a division of votes by the BSP-JCC coalition.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Who is Bhupesh Baghel? All you need to know about the new Chhattisgarh CM

    A backward class leader, the 57-year-old  served as a minister in both Digvijaya Singh and Ajit Jogi's cabinets in undivided Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

    Active in social reform works, Baghel toured Chhattisgarh on foot before the elections and revived the Congress at the organisational level after a Maoist attack wiped out the top leadership in 2013.

    Click here to read more about the new chief minister.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Rest of Cabinet to be sworn in later: Mallikarun Kharge

    The All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer for Chhattisgarh, Mallikarjun Kharge, told media on Sunday that the oath-taking ceremony for Bhupesh Baghel will be held in Raipur on Monday, but a decision on rest of the cabinet will be taken later.

  • 14:40 (IST)

    Visuals: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister designate with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and PL Punia

  • 14:37 (IST)

    AICC minority dept chairman Nadeem Javed congratulates Bhupesh Baghel

    The chairman of the Congress minority department and former NSUI chief Nadeem Javed took to Twitter to congratulate Bhupesh Baghel on being appointed Chhattisgarh's new chief minister. 

    He expressed certainty that Baghel will take on his responsibilities "with flourish", and that the state would "march ahead" under his leadership.

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Visuals: CLP leaders deliberate on CM post in Raipur

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Baghel to take oath tomorrow alongside Rajasthan, MP counterparts

    Baghel and his counterparts in Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot) and Madhya Pradesh (Kamal Nath) will take oath as chief ministers in three back-to-back ceremonies on Monday, reports have said. Baghel's oath-taking ceremony has been scheduled for 4:30 pm on Monday.


    Congress president Rahul Gandhi will reportedly attend all the events.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Baghel named CM after heavy deliberation among Congress leadership

    The decision to name Bhupesh Baghel chief minister was announced a day after four top contenders for the job met party president Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane home in Delhi.

    Along with Baghel, Rahul also met with the leader of Opposition in the outgoing state Assembly TS Singh Deo, Lok Sabha MP Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant. Party sources told NDTV that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief's residence.

  • 14:19 (IST)

    New Chhattisgarh CM to form govt of 'equality, transparency and integrity'

    The Congress on Sunday afternoon tweeted a confirmation that Chhattisgarh party chief Bhupesh Baghel has been named the state's chief minister. The party assured that he will form a government of "equality, transparency and integrity, starting off with farm loan waiver for farmers as we promised."

  • 14:16 (IST)

    Congress likely to name Chhattisgarh party chief Bhupesh Baghel as chief minister

Bhupesh Bhagel is Chhattisgarh CM latest updates: After Sunday's Congress Legislature Party meeting in Raipur, Chhatisgarh party president Bhupesh Baghel is likely to be declared the state's chief minister. The decision will be announced a day after four top contenders for the job met party president Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi.

Along with Baghel, Rahul met with the leader of Opposition in the outgoing state Assembly TS Singh Deo, Lok Sabha MP Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant at his Tughlaq Lane home in Delhi. Party sources told NDTV UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief's residence.

Bhagel and Deo are said to be the in the race for the top job.

The announcement also comes days after the Congress' sweeping win in three out of the five states that went to polls, and ended the BJP's rule in Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

According to reports, Baghel and his counterparts in Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot) and Madhya Pradesh (Kamal Nath) will take oath as chief ministers in three back-to-back ceremonies on Monday. Baghel's oath-taking ceremony has been planned for 4.30 pm on Monday.

Baghel is known as an aggressive leader who consolidated Congress at a grassroots level after the massacre of top Congress leadership in 2013.

The Congress leader has also been embroiled in a controversy over his alleged involvement in a fake sex CD case. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed a charge sheet in September, in which it had named Baghel and a few others as accused.

The controversial CD allegedly featured a state minister, who had rejected it as fake. The BJP has used this case to target the Congress ahead of the polls, while Baghel has pleaded innocence and described it as a political attack.

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Updated Date: Jan 04, 2019 14:09:09 IST