Congress president Rahul Gandhi with top contenders for Chhattisgarh CM post (Photo tweeted by Rahul Gandhi - @RahulGandhi)
After going with the "Old Guards" in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday held hectic parleys with top party leaders to decide on the chief minister's post for Chhattisgarh. As per the latest reports, the Congress in an official legislature meeting on Sunday will announce the next chief minister of the state. Chhattisgarh Congress chief, Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant are being seen as the front-runners for the chief minister's post.
"A meeting will be held at 12 pm tomorrow. Then we will inform (Chief Minister candidate for Chhattisgarh). Governor has given us the time of 4:30 pm on December 17 for the oath ceremony. So, what's the hurry?" Chhattisgarh Congress State in-charge, PL Punia told reporters.
Chhattisgarh Congress State in-charge, PL Punia: A meeting will be held at 12 pm tomorrow. Then we will inform (Chief Minister candidate for Chhattisgarh). Governor has given us the time of 4:30 pm on December 17 for the oath ceremony. So what's the hurry? pic.twitter.com/2LbCtUzvYI— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2018
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi also dropped hints that the party has settled the issues on who should be the next chief minister of Chhattisgarh. The Congress chief also posted photograph with the top contenders along with his tweet.
"No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team," he captioned his tweet.
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 15, 2018
– Reid Hoffman pic.twitter.com/TL5rPwiCDX
The significant tweet came hours after the third round of discussion between Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, central observer Mallikarjun Kharge, AICC in-charge for party affairs in Chhattisgarh PL Punia and other newly-elected MLAs in the state.
The sources said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief's residence.
Earlier, the Congress chief had tweeted photos with top contenders after sorting out the leadership issues in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
After several rounds of discussions for more than two days, the Congress on Friday named Ashok Gehlot as the next chief minister of Rajasthan. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader Kamal Nath was made chief minister-designate on December 13.
Congress ended the BJP's 15-year rule in Chhattisgarh in the recently concluded Assembly elections by bagging 68 out of the 90 seats.