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Election Results 2018 Highlights: CM race continues in Chhattisgarh, decision to be taken tomorrow

Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh Election Results 2018: Ashok Gehlot was appointed as the Rajasthan Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot was appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2018 7:53:48 am
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After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan got new chief ministers, all eyes are now set on Chhattisgarh where the announcement will take place on Saturday. According to a release by the state unit, the four CM contenders — T S Singh Deo, Bhupesh Baghel, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant — along with the party’s central observer Mallikarjun Kharge will arrive in Raipur tomorrow to hold a meeting with the other MLAs following which the official announcement will be made. The four aspirants had met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the national capital earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, after several hours of deliberations and meetings, Ashok Gehlot was named as Rajasthan Chief Minister and state unit chief Sachin Pilot as deputy chief minister. Gehlot had served as CM on two occasions, from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. The announcement was made by the state’s party observer K C Venugopal. He will take oath as CM on December 17 along with Kamal Nath, who was named as MP CM yesterday.

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With the announcement made in Rajasthan, the Congress party will now take a call on who will be the CM in  Chhattisgarh. Follow Highlights

22:15 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Gehlot, Pilot meet Governor Kalyan Singh at Raj Bhavan
22:14 (IST)14 Dec 2018
I will stay in state politics: Raman Singh

Outgoing Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said he will not move to the Centre but remain in state politics. “Mai yahi tha aur yahi rahunga (I was here and will stay here),” Singh said at a press conference in Raipur. “Now I will keep on coming to the BJP office in my new role. I will be meeting the press more often. Earlier as a CM, there were certain limitations for me but now I will come to party office and keep on meeting my workers,” he added. Read full story here.

21:47 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Raipur: Congress office decked up ahead of announcement


Congress office in Raipur decorated ahead of the announcement on Chhattisgarh CM tomorrow. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

21:44 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh Congress leaders to meet at 10 am tomorrow
21:33 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Pilot greets supporters in Jaipur
20:48 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Rahul to attend Gehlot, Kamal Nath's oath ceremony on December 17
20:44 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Oath ceremony on December 17: Gehlot

After landing in Jaipur, newly-elected Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot told reporters, “We would like to thank the public and our workers. The oath-taking ceremony will take place on December 17 following which the new Cabinet will be inducted.”

20:28 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Jaipur: Gehlot, Pilot arrive at Governor's house
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20:07 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Announcement on Chhattisgarh CM tomorrow

In a statement released late on Friday, Chhattisgarh Congress said the four CM contenders -- T S Singh Deo, Bhupesh Baghel, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant -- along with state party observer Mallikarjun Kharge will arrive in Raipur on Saturday. A meeting of the MLAs will be held following which an official announcment will be made.

19:51 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Chhattisgarh: Preparations underway for oath-taking ceremony


Preparation underway for the oath-taking ceremony in Chhattisgarh. The Congress high command is yet to take a call on who will be the CM. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

19:08 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Congress supporters greet Gehlot outside airport


Supporters stand to greet newly-elected Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot as his car leaves from Jaipur airport on Friday. (Express photo/Renuka Puri)

19:06 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Farmers' loans to be waived off as promised by Congress: Rahul Gandhi

"The loans of the farmers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will be waived off soon as promised by Congress," Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI.

18:45 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Congress supporters gather outside Jaipur airport


Congress supporters gather outside Jaipur airport on Friday evening. (Express photo/Renuka Puri)

18:41 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Gehlot, Pilot arrive in Jaipur
18:26 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Gehlot supporters gather outside Jaipur airport


Gehlot supporters outside Jaipur airport on Friday. (Express photo/Renuka Puri)

18:08 (IST)14 Dec 2018
T S Singhdeo front-runner in CM race for Chhattisgarh

With the Congress leadership yet to take a call on who will be the chief minister in Chhattisgarh, party chief Rahul Gandhi met the four contenders today -- T S Singhdeo, Bhupesh Baghel, Charan Das Mahant and Tamradhwaj Sahu. On Thursday, Rahul had deferred the decision as he wanted to hold discussions with prominent party leaders of the state. He had also held a meeting with the party's central observer for Chhattisgarh Mallikarjun Kharge.

17:54 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Ex-Chhattisgarh CM at BJP office in Raipur


Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh at the BJP office in Raipur. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

17:27 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Will work for good governance: Gehlot

"I and my friend Sachin Pilot, and all the party leaders who will join our Cabinet, will work for good governance as per the wishes of our party chief Rahul Gandhi. I would like to thank the people of the state and the voters for supporting us," Gehlot tweeted.

17:18 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Thank Rahul for giving me another chance to serve as CM: Gehlot

“I am thankful to our party chief Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders for providing me with another opportunity to serve the people of Rajasthan,” Gehlot tweeted.

17:11 (IST)14 Dec 2018
Ludhiana: Youth Akali Dal protests against Kamal Nath's appointment as MP CM

A fifth of India’s people now ruled by Congress, BJP’s share falls under half Supporters of Congress party celebrate after poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

In Bhopal, soon after he was named CM-designate, Kamal Nath thanked Scindia and said he was happy because he had worked with his father, the late Madhavrao Scindia. “For me, this post is a milestone… We shall work together to fulfil promises made in our manifesto. I had no demands. I have worked all my life without hankering for any post. I have worked with Sanjay Gandhi, Indiraji, Rajivji and now Rahul Gandhi,” he said. Earlier, before Nath and Scindia flew to Bhopal, Gandhi put out a photograph with the two leaders and a caption quoting Leo Tolstoy: “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

But it was Rajasthan that was giving the Congress a headache. Gandhi was joined by his mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Vadra as Gehlot and Pilot met him individually in the morning.

The Congress emerged as the single largest party in Rajasthan with 99 seats and its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) won a seat, pushing it past the halfway mark. In Madhya Pradesh, where the party won 114 seats, Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav offered their support to help the party reach the magic number, 116, to form the government.

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First published on: 13-12-2018 at 08:06:35 am
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