Ending the suspense after days of intense deliberations with top party leadership headed by President Rahul Gandhi, Senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday was named the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.
Baghel will take oath as the the chief minister at 5 pm on Monday, Kharge told media persons in the state capital. No other minister will be taking oath on that day, he said.
The 57-year-old 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 to the top post, as Congress Chief Gandhi decided on his candidature to lead the state government.
“It was a tough decision because all the four leaders worked equally for the party and they all are equal,” Kharge said.
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Meanwhile, 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.
Top 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. Rahul Gandhi had held several rounds of discussion with the four aspirants at his Tughlaq Lane residence in New Delhi on Saturday.