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Bhupesh Baghel sworn in as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Baghel was named for the post after four days of discussions with legislators and Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AICC observer Mallikarjun Kharge. Baghel had staked claim to form the government in the state after his election as leader of the Congress Legislature Party.

Dec 17, 2018 20:31 IST
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Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel was on December 17, 2018 sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office and secrecy to Baghel at swearing-in ceremony held in Raipur.

By swearing-in, Baghel became the third Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh since its inception in the year 2000.

Baghel was named for the post after four days of discussions with legislators and Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AICC observer Mallikarjun Kharge. Baghel had staked claim to form the government in the state after his election as leader of the Congress Legislature Party.

Bhupesh Baghel

  • Bhupesh Baghel is an experienced administrator who is known for his organisational skills.
  • Born on August 23, 1961, Baghel belongs to the Kurmi community and is a powerful leader of the OBC faction which makes up 52 percent of Chattisgarh's 2.55 crore population.
  • Baghel started his political career with the Congress in the 1980s.
  • He was first elected as an MLA from Patan seat in 1993 and then in 1998 and 2003 from the same constituency.
  • In the 2008 Assembly polls, he suffered defeat at the hands of BJP's Vijay Baghel, following which he was given ticket from Raipur for the 2009 Lok Sabha election, which he also lost.
  • He came back again by winning from the Patan Assembly seat in 2013.
  • In December 1998, he was appointed as the minister of state for public grievance in the Digvijaya Singh cabinet of united Madhya Pradesh.
  • After the formation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, he served as a Revenue Minister in the Ajit Jogi Government until 2003, when the BJP came to power.
  • When the Congress lost the 2003 election, Baghel was appointed as deputy leader of the opposition in the assembly. He lost the next elections from Patan in 2008.
  • Baghel became the state Congress chief in October 2014, shortly after the 2013 Naxal attack in Sukma district.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018

In the Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018, the Indian National Congress claimed majority in Chhattisgarh by winning 68 seats in the 90-member assembly.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailed behind with 15 seats, followed by Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) with 5 seats and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with 2 seats. Counting of votes for the 90-member Assembly began on December 11, 2018.

The comeback of the Congress in the state signals the end of the era of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Raman Singh, the longest-serving Chief Minister of any state who served the state for 15 years.

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