Bhupesh Baghel will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh today. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi will attend the swearing-in ceremony that will take place at the Science College Grounds of state capital Raipur this evening. Governor Anandiben Patel will administer the oath of office.
After four days of discussions with legislators and Mr Gandhi, party observer Mallikarjun Kharge announced the name of Mr Baghel as the Chief Minister at the Congress legislature party meeting in Raipur yesterday. Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel is credited with helping the party rise from the ashes of the deadly Maoist attack that wiped out the top party leadership of the state five years ago.
Hailing from the influential Kurmi (Other Backward Class) community, Baghel, 57, is known for his political acumen with strong leadership qualities. He took over the reins of the party in October 2014, nearly a year-and-a-half after a Maoist attack in Sukma district in May 2013, in which many of the party’s senior leaders, including VC Shukla and then party chief Nand Kumar Patel, were killed.
Baghel led from the front to take on the BJP regime, led by Raman Singh, after being entrusted the task to revive the Congress’ fortunes in Chhattisgarh following the third consecutive defeat in the 2013 Assembly polls.