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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
    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
    17:09 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Visual from Congress' press conference in Delhi

    Congress leaders Sachin Pilot, K C Venugopal and Ashok Gehlot at the press meet in the national capital. (Express photo/Amit Mehra)

    16:54 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Sachin Pilot: Congress’s Young Turk in Rajasthan is Ashok Gehlot’s deputy

    From creating history by becoming the youngest parliamentarian at the age of 26 to leading the state Congress unit, the 41-year-old charismatic leader has earned his electoral stripes after shepherding a reinvigorated Congress to the crucial victory in the Rajasthan assembly elections ahead of next year’s general elections. In the 200-member assembly, Congress emerged as the single largest party with 99 seats while its ally the Rashtriya Lok Dal won one seat. Besides, BSP also pledged its support to the grand old party. Although the win against the BJP was not as emphatic as the Congress would have hoped for, Pilot played an instrumental role in steering the party from the humiliating defeat in 2013 to the highs of victory in Rajasthan. He was entrusted with the responsibility of steading the sinking ship when the Congress faced its worst rout, winning just 21 seats against the BJP’s 163 in 2013. Read more here.

    16:50 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Visuals from press conference in Delhi
    16:41 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Ashok Gehlot attacks former CM Vasundhara Raje

    Launching an attack on the previous Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan, Gehlot said, “The people of Rajasthan have suffered for five years. Vasundhara ji never met anyone for five years. This angered the people, precisely why she was not allowed another term.”

    16:37 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Congress delegation to meet Rajasthan Governor at 7 pm

    According to ANI, a Congress delegation will meet Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur at 7 pm today.

    16:36 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Celebrations outside Gehlot's residence in Jaipur
    16:34 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Ashok Gehlot: Congress’s warhorse gets the reins in Rajasthan yet again

    Born to a Mali Gehlot family in Jodhpur on May 3, 1951, Ashok Gehlot completed his graduation in Science and Law and later obtained a Masters in Economics. Prior to entering politics, in 1971 during the liberation war of Bangladesh, Gehlot had served in the refugee camps at several places, including Bangaon and 24 Parganas districts, in West Bengal. He was also active in the camps organised by the Tarun Shanti Sena at Sevagram, Indore, Aurangabad, and Wardha. Read more here.

    16:31 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Successful in bringing anti-BJP forces together: Pilot
    16:30 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Ashok Gehlot thanks people of Rajasthan
    16:26 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Together we will form government in Rajasthan: Pilot

    "I would like to thank Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other legislators for taking this decision to make Ashok Gehlot Ji the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Together, we will form the government," Sachin Pilot told the media.

    16:22 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Venugopal makes the announcement on Rajasthan CM, Deputy CM

    "Congress President Rahul Gandhi has decided to appoint Ashok Gehlot Ji as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot will be the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan," Venugopal said.

    16:20 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Sachin Pilot appointed as Rajasthan Deputy CM
    16:20 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Ashok Gehlot appointed as Rajasthan CM
    16:14 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Congress addresses media in Rajasthan: Gehlot as CM, Pilot as Deputy CM

    While addressing the media, senior Congress leader K C Venugopal said, "Ashok Gehlot will be the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot will be the Deputy Chief Minister. Experience and leadership will come together in the state."

    16:08 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Sachin Pilot arrives at AICC headquarters in Delhi
    15:59 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Law taking own course: Punjab CM on protests against Kamal Nath

    Amid protests against Kamal Nath’s appointment as Madhya Pradesh CM, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said the law was taking its due course as far as Nath’s alleged involvement in the 1984 riots is concerned. Singh also pointed out that Nath had served as a central minister for more than 10 years after the allegations had first surfaced and that a mere reference about the MP CM in the Nanavati Commission report cannot be construed as his involvement in the case.

    15:39 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Pilot likely to be Rajasthan Deputy CM, will continue as state Congress chief: Sources
    15:28 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Security tightened at Jaipur airport

    Security outside Jaipur airport ahead of Gehlot’s arrival. (Express photo/Renuka Puri)

    15:16 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Will abide by Congress high command's decision: Baghel

    On the CM's post, Chhattisgarh Congress chief and another contender Bhupesh Baghel told ANI, “We have given the authority to the high command to decide the name (of the CM); whatever they decide, we'll go by it.”

    15:14 (IST)14 Dec 2018
    Will waive off loans within 10 days: TS Singhdeo

    T S Singhdeo, one of the contenders for the CM's post in Chhattisgarh, told ANI, "I want that Congress deliver the priorities it had set for Chhattisgarh as soon as possible. Rahul Gandhi ji had assured that loans will be waived off within 10 days of government formation."

    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.