Chhattisgarh Assembly Poll 2018: Potential candidates for the post of Chief Minister

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Tiyashi Datta

Congress registers a historic landslide victory in Chhattisgarh. After much analysis about how BJP can gain from the coalition of JCC with BSP and CPI, Congress still managed a two-third majority. Now that it is almost clear that Bharatiya Janata Party lost their foot hold from Chhattisgarh, let’s have a look at the possible candidates for the post of Chief Minister.

Bhupesh Bhagel: The current president of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee, Bhupesh Bhagel is the front runner when it comes to choose the candidate for the post of the chief minister. 

He is the elected member of Chhattisgarh Assembly from the Patan constituency. He served as the minister of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly underDigvijay Singh’s Government and later also in Ajit Jogi’s government. He was also involved in an alleged sex CD scandal.

Charan Das Mahant: Leading the Congress from the Sakti Constituency, he is another prominent face for the chief ministerial post. From 1995 to 1998, he was the cabinet minister of Madhya Pradesh for Home Affairs and Public Relation. He was also the president of Pradesh congress committee of Chhattisgarh from 2006 to 2008. The author of three books including fiction and non-fictions, he definitely got the potential to change the face of the state.

Tamradhwaj Sahu: Representing the Durg Constituency, he is the Member of Parliament from Chhattisgarh. An influential OBC leader, he became the face ofthe Congress campaign after the      CD scandal involving Bhupesh Bhagel and state-in-charge PL Punia. Since the coalition between

the JCC, BSP and CPI, he became an important candidate for Congress as earlier it was thought that Ajit Jogi’s party can destroy Congress’s chance of a clean sweep.

TS Singh Deo: Tribhuvaneshwar Saran Singh Deo is the richest candidate of the 2013 Assembly Election. The current leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh, he is leading the Ambikapur Assembly since 2008. Going by his experience, he is definitely one of the strongest contender for this post.