Since the Congress didn't announce CM candidates in all the states, here are some probable Congress CM Candidates in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.
With the Congress likely to form government in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, discussions are now underway on who will be the next chief minister in these states. Given that the party has not declared a chief ministerial candidate before the polls, party leaders are silent on who will get the top job, leaving it to the party high command.
Here’s a look at who could be the next chief minister in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
Ashok Gehlot: Having served as chief minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. Gehlot’s return to state politics could make him a contender for the CM post. Gehlot won in Sardarpura constituency today. However, Gehlot has the top job as the Congress party’s national general secretary and in-charge of organisation. While there has been talk of a power tussle with Sachin Pilot, Gehlot has denied it. He has, however, not denied himself a shot at the job. In an interview to news agency PTI, Gehlot said he would be open to any role Congress president Rahul Gandhi assigns him in the interest of the party.
Sachin Pilot: Gehlot’s apparent archrival and the Congress chief in the state, Sachin Pilot is the son of senior politician late Rajesh Pilot. Many would say Sachin is single-handedly responsible for bringing the Congress back to power in the state today. Pilot was a member of the Lok Sabha’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs and member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. He has been a former MP from Dausa and then from Ajmer. Pilot on Tuesday won from Tonk constituency defeating BJP’s Yoonus Khan by 54,179 votes. At 26, he became an MP. At 31, he was a minister in the Union government. At 35, he is heading the Congress party in Rajasthan. Could Rahul Gandhi go ahead with a young face in Rajasthan?
Kamal Nath- Kamal Nath is the longest-serving and senior most member of Lok Sabha. He was elected as president of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in May 2018, to lead the party in these assembly elections. Kamal Nath was first elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 and has won ever since. A staunch Congress leader who has a large follower base in the state, Rahul Gandhi could well side with him given the neck-and-neck finish in the elections.
Jyotiraditya Scindia- A Harvard graduate with a royal family background, Scindia was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in February 2002 from Guna District – formerly represented by his father Madhav Rao Scindia. He was re-elected in May 2004 and was introduced to the Union Council of Ministers in 2007 as Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. In 2009, he was re-elected for a third consecutive term and became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
Scindia claims to have covered over 115 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh ahead of the elections, working towards ending the Shivraj Singh Chouhan rule in the state. When asked if he considers himself as a front-runner for the chief minister’s post in case the Congress wins the elections, Scindia said he does not want to answer hypothetical questions. Now that it is no longer the case, Scindia could well be given charge if Rahul Gandhi wants to push young blood across states where the Congress is in power.
Tamardhwaj Sahu- The 69-year-old MP from Durg is a strong OBC leader and a member of the influential Sahu community. Sahu won the Durg (Rural) assembly constituency. He has worked for Sahu Samaj Cultural Activities, social work and Ramayan Katha involvement. Sahu has held energy, education and water resources portfolios in Chhattisgarh government.
TS Singh Deo- He is the current Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. A member of Indian National Congress, he represents Ambikapur constituency.
Bhupesh Baghel- He is the current President of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee. Baghel, who represents the Patan constituency (District Durg), was appointed a minister of state in Digvijaya Singh’s cabinet in December 1998 and promoted as Minister of Transport in December 1999. He was appointed Chairman of MP State Road Transport Corporation in January 2000. When the state of Chhattisgarh was created in November 2000, Baghel became First Minister for Revenue, Public Health Engineering and relief work (until 2003).
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