The announcement was made at a meeting of legislators in Raipur, attended by Congress observer for the state, Mallikarjun Kharge and in-charge PL Punia. Bhupesh Baghel will swear in as the new chief minister of Chhattisgarh.
The party also tweeted the decision, wishing him the best “as he forms a govt. of equality, transparency & integrity starting off with farm loan waiver for farmers as we promised”.
Baghel, who was the state unit Congress chief, will be sworn in as the chief minister in a ceremony.
The process to pick the Chhattisgarh CM took longer than the announcements in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan after the Congress’s victories in the heartland states because of divided opinion within the state leadership of the party.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had on Saturday tweeted a picture of himself flanked by all the four claimants to the post — Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Baghel and Charan Das Mahant — hinting at the end of tussle over who would be the next CM of Chhattisgarh after holding discussions with the leaders at his residence in Delhi.