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Chhattisgarh: Rahul Gandhi hints at resolving CM tussle, formal announcement today

After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders on Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Raipur [ Updated: December 16, 2018 1:12 IST ]
Rahul Gandhi with  T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu,

Rahul Gandhi with  T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant.

The announcement on new Chhattisgarh Chief Minister will be made on Sunday following a meeting of legislature party, said Congress state in-charge PL Punia on Saturday.

"A meeting will be held at 12 pm tomorrow. Then we will inform who will be the CM of Chhattisgarh. Governor has given us the time of 4:30 pm on December 17 for the oath ceremony. So what's the hurry?," added Punia.

After selecting chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi held hectic parleys with top party leaders on Saturday to decide on the top post for Chhattisgarh.

Gandhi met Chhattisgarh's four potential chief minister candidates -- T S Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant -- at his Tughlaq Lane residence and held discussions with them.

This is the third round of discussion that the Congress chief is holding before selecting the chief minister for Chhattisgarh, where the party romped home to power after 15 years with two-third majority.

Congress' central observer Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC in-charge for party affairs in Chhattisgarh P L Punia were also present at the meeting.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief's residence. 

They said that a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is slated to be held at 4.00 pm in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. 

However, it was not clear whether the announcement would be made in the national capital or in Raipur. 

The Congress on Friday named Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan's next chief minister after several rounds of discussions lasting more than two days. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader Kamal Nath was made chief minister-designate on December 13.

The Congress won 68 of the 90 seats in the Assembly elections, ousting BJP from power after 15 years.

(With PTI inputs)

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