Rajasthan to Ashok Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Nath, Decision on Chhattisgarh tomorrow

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday protested in the Punjab Assembly and accused Madhya Pradesh CM Designate Kamal Nath of leading a mob in Anti-Sikh riots in 1984

CM Designate Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot arrive at Jaipur after the announcement (Photo: ANI)

After long discussions, it is clear now senior leader Ashok Gehlot will be the chief minister of Rajasthan and former Union Minister Kamal Nath will take charge as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Sachin Pilot will be Gehlot’s Deputy in Rajasthan.

The Congress on Friday announced Gehlot as the CM candidate of Rajasthan while the party had already announced Kamal Nath’s name on Thursday late night.

However, the schedule of the swearing-in ceremony is yet to be finalised for Rajasthan CM whereas Kamal Nath will swear in on December 17.

After appointment of Kamal Nath as the CM of Rajasthan, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday protested in the Punjab Assembly accusing Congress to rub salt into the wounds of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia raised the issue in the state Assembly a day after his party colleague Manjinder Singh Sirsa alleged in Delhi that Nath had a hand in the anti-Sikh riots that broke out in the national capital following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

Majithia said the Congress was rubbing salt into the wounds of victims of the riots by making Nath as Madhya Pradesh CM.

However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister in Punjab Cabinet Brahm Mohindra claimed that Nath had no role in the 1984 riots showing a picture in his mobile phone purportedly of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal felicitating Kamal Nath at an event in the past.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the observer appointed for Chhattisgarh, said that Rahul Gandhi will decide the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and announce his decision tomorrow.

Probables for the post, Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singh Deo and Charan Das Mahant had reportedly had a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi today. While Baghel and Singh Deo are considered to be front-runners, Tamradhwaj Sahu is being considered as the dark horse.

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