Rahul to decide on CMs for Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh

Congress stakes claim to form govt in MP; Rao to take oath as Telangana Chief Minister

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Jaipur/Raipur, Publish Date: Dec 13 2018 1:04AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2018 2:26AM
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Who will be Rajasthan’s new Congress chief minister? The question remained unanswered Wednesday as the first round of meeting of newly elected MLAs failed to decide on a leader.

Both former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president Sachin Pilot reached the Congress office to attend the meeting of MLAs which was to choose the leader of the Congress legislature party.

Both Pilot and Gehlot are leading contenders for the top post amid slogan shouting by supporters.

Congress sources said both Gehlot and Pilot supporters were in equal 

numbers and hence a consensus had been built so that the Congress High Command—an euphemism for party president Rahul Gandhi—can take a call on the CM’s post.

Meanwhile, Congress observer K C Venugopal was taking feedback from each MLA and his report shall soon be sent to Rahul Gandhi.

Once Gandhi decides on a name, the next meeting will be called to announce the name of the Rajasthan chief minister, said a Congress source.

Both Gehlot and Pilot have said the Congress leadership should take the final decision.

Heavy police deployment has been made at the venue to avoid any untoward incident.

‘RAHUL TO DECIDE ON CMs’

Like in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Rahul will decide on the chief minister’s name in Chhattisgarh after a meeting of the newly-elected Congress MLAs.

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the Congress observer for the meeting of the newly-elected legislators, told reporters shortly after his arrival in Raipur that the there is a procedure which the party always follows for such elections.

“We have to consult the MLAs, seek their consensus and then only a decision will be taken.”

The meeting is likely to authorise Gandhi to take the final call.

Asked about the possibility of state unit chief Bhupesh Baghel being made the chief minister, Kharge said: “Don’t ask about single names. We have a procedure”.

To another query about reports of confusion on the issue because of presence of four contenders, he said, “No confusion. Our people are united, solid. They know each other, they understand each other. So this problem will not arise”.

In Chhattisgarh the Congress scored a landslide victory decimating the ruling BJP by winning 68 seats in the 90-member assembly.

KAMAL NATH MEETS ANANDIBEN

In Bhopal, Congress chief Kamal Nath met governor Anandiben Patel on Wednesday and staked his party's claim to form the next government in the state.

“We have staked claim”, he told reporters after the meeting at Raj Bhavan.

Asked who would be the chief minister, Kamal Nath shot back: “I don't know”.

Late on Tuesday, Kamal Nath wrote to the Governor urging her to give him an appointment so that he could stake claim as the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly with “majority support”.

The Congress won 114 seats, two short of a majority in the 230-member house.

After the meeting with the Governor, Lok Sabha member and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said “of course it would be a privilege” when he was asked whether he would like to be the chief minister.

He said the Congress, which has won 114 seats, has the legislative majority with the backing of all four Independents and three MLAs of BSP and SP.

Scindia, one of the contenders for chief ministership, also attacked outgoing chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“You were claiming that BJP is going to win 200 seats this time. Even if we count all the BJP seats in all five states, the party has not crossed the 200 mark,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kamal Nath said the top priority of new Congress government will be to work for “farmers and unemployed youth”.

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