Who Is Bhupesh Baghel? 5 Things You Should Know

Who Is Bhupesh Baghel? 5 Things You Should Know

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will take oath on 17th Dec

Bhupesh Baghel will take oath as Chhattisgarh chief minister on Monday in Raipur.

After rounds of discussions and top-level meetings, the Congress on Saturday announced that Bhupesh Baghel will be the new chief minister of Chhattisgarh. Baghel managed to pip other three contenders — TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant for the top post of the state. He will take the oath in Raipur tomorrow.

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Bhupesh Baghel, who is also the state president of the party is credited for the Congress’s landslide victory in the recently-held assembly elections. The Congress managed to crush the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ended the 15-year-old regime of Raman Singh. Congress won 68 seats in the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly while the BJP secured only 15 seats.

Baghel belongs to the Kurmi community and is a powerful leader of the OBC faction which makes up 52 per cent of Chattisgarh’s 2.55 crore population.

The five-time MLA was elected from Patan in Durg district. He was Revenue Minister in Ajit Jogi’s first government in Chhattisgarh that was voted out in 2003.

Baghel was first elected to Madhya Pradesh assembly in 1993. He has organised several mass marriage ceremonies to promote marriages with minimum expenditure.

Baghel was also in the center-stage of the ousted BJP government’s attacks and was recently jailed for some days in Raipur after he was charge-sheeted by the CBI for his alleged role in the circulation of a sleaze CD against a powerful BJP minister in Chhattisgarh.

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