Congress picks Bhupesh Bhagel as Chhattisgarh CM

New Delhi: It’s confirmed that Bhupesh Baghel has raced past his contenders – TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, and Charan Das Mahant – to assume the position of the Chhattisgarh CM.

With two states – Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan done earlier this week, the decision to name the top pick of Chhattisgarh was made on Sunday after a legislative party meet in Raipur.

Baghel, 57, is an OBC leader of Kurmi caste from Chhatisgarh’s Durg. He had served as a transport minister in Digvijaya Singh’s cabinet in MP and later in Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh cabinet in 2000.

A successor of Charan Das Mahant, Baghel, Congress’ prominent OBC face in Chhattisgarh, contested from Patan constituency and defeated BJP’s Motilal Sahu by a margin of 27,477 votes.

After losing in 2008, Baghel staged a comeback in 2013 and then rose to the position of PCC chief. He is largely credited with leading Congress to a thumping victory in the recently concluded State Assembly elections.

In the 90-seater Chhattisgarh assembly, Congress won 68 seats while BJP was beaten back to 15, Mayawati’s BSP won two and Ajit Jogi’s JCC held five seats.

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday tweeted an image of him posing with all the four claimants to the top position for the awaited Chhattisgarh cabinet, after the recently concluded counting in the state. Congress put an end to a 15-year BJP rule in Chhattisgarh by winning 68 of the 90 seats in the assembly elections.