Bhupesh Baghel was on Sunday declared the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. The decision was taken during the Congress Legislative Party meeting in Raipur. Baghel has also been declared the chief of the state Congress Legislature party.
The announcement was made by the Congress on its official Twitter handle even when the meeting of the Legislature Party was on in Raipur.
The party also announced that 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.
"Celebrations are in order in Chhattisgarh as Bhupesh Baghel is appointed CM. We wish him the best as he forms a government of equality, transparency and integrity starting off with loan waiver for farmers as we promised," the party tweeted, along with a picture of Baghel.
Earlier on Saturday, Baghel along with other contenders for the top post- TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, and Charan Das Mahant had met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane home in Delhi.
Baghel will take oath as chief minister on Monday, said observer for the state Mallikarjun Kharge.
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.
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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.
Congress swept 68 seats in the 90-seater Chhattisgarh assembly, thus ending BJP government's 15-year-old reign in the state.