Two days suspense over the choice of chief minister in Madhya Pradesh finally came to end on Thursday night, with the Congress party after rounds of deliberations has chosen Kamal Nath as the new chief minister of the state. According to a tweet by news agency ANI, there will be no deputy chief minister in Madhya Pradesh. Kamal Nath likely to take oath as the Chief Minister On Monday, December 17.
Kamal Nath to be the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. There will not be a Deputy Chief Minister in MP. pic.twitter.com/XtdRyc7eXF
— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2018
Congress president Rahul Gandhi finalized Kamal Nath’s name after repeated meetings at his residence in Delhi with him and the other front-runner Jyotiraditya Scindia, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Discussions were also held with state party’s observer A K Antony who went to Madhya Pradesh to seek opinions and feedback from the newly elected MLAs.
After rounds of discussion Rahul Gandhi tweeted:
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
– Leo Tolstoy pic.twitter.com/MiRq2IlrIg
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 13, 2018
Kamal Nath is a nine-time Parliamentarian from Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh who has handled several portfolios like environment, road transport, urban development, and parliamentary affairs during different stints as union minister since 1991.
On Tuesday, The Congress secured 114 seats in the recently concluded Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections, falling two short of the majority in the 230-seat Assembly. However, help came in the form of both BSP and SP extending support. BSP Supremo Mayawati on Wednesday extends its support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in a bid to keep BJP away from power. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav also extend its support to Congress. The two have 2 and 1 seat respectively in the Assembly.