Chhattisgarh's Chief Minister Likely To Be Announced Today


Chhattisgarh's Chief Minister Likely To Be Announced Today 

New Delhi: The Congress, who announced the names of chief minister of two out of three heartland state, is expected to announce the name of the man for the top job of Chhattisgarh, today. The Congress president had yesterday tweeted a picture with Bhupesh Baghel and the other aspirants for the chief minister's post.

"Around 12.30 pm today, after the legislative party meeting, the chief minister's name will be announced, TS Singh Deo, one of the top contenders told news agency ANI.

"Mallikarjun Kharge ji and PL Punia ji are arriving in Raipur later today. The name (of the CM) will be announced at the Congress Legislature Party meeting," said Mr Baghel, after arriving in Raipur today.

Apart from Mr Baghel, who is the chief of Congress Chhattisgarh, the others in the race for the chief minister's chair are Ambikapur lawmaker TS Singh Deo, the party's OBC wing chief Tamradhwaj Singh and former union minister Charandas Mahant.

"The opinion of all lawmakers will be considered. Governor has given us the time of 4:30 pm on December 17 for the oath-taking ceremony. So what's the hurry?", State Congress in-charge, PL Punia said.

Mr Deo, told news agency ANI, "We have more than one eligible name that is why process is taking time, in any case, final results came late on 11th so it has just been four days today. BJP which took more than seven to eight days to appoint its recent chief ministers. So the BJP should not comment on us."

The Bhartiya Janata Party's 15-year rule in Chhattisgarh was ended recently by Congress in the recently concluded assembly elections by winning 68 of the 90 seats.

(With inputs from ANI)