Amid tussle for CM’s post in Ch’garh, incumbent Bhupesh Baghel meets Rahul

New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI): Amid an ongoing power tussle in the ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence on Friday for the second time this week.
Baghel arrived here from Raipur and reached Gandhi’s Tughlaq Lane residence around 4 pm for the meeting, which also attended by AICC in-charge for Chhattisgarh P L Punia.
This is the Chhattisgarh chief minister’s second meeting with Gandhi this week, as the two had met earlier on Tuesday. Gandhi had also separately met Chhattisgarh Health minister T S Singh Deo on Tuesday.
Both Baghel and Deo had also met AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal on Wednesday, amid talks of a leadership change sought by Deo following differences between the two state leaders.
Trouble has been brewing in the Chhattisgarh Congress ever since Deo sought a change in leadership citing a power-sharing agreement on rotating chief ministership after the party came to power in the 2018 assembly polls.

MLAs loyal to Baghel stage show of strength

New Delhi: Ahead of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s meeting with the top Congress leadership, a section of party MLAs known to be loyal to him staged a show of strength here Friday.
Amid a talk of leadership change in Chhattisgarh, a number of legislators from the state has arrived in the national capital in support of Baghel, who is also reaching Delhi. Around 50 party legislators called on AICC in-charge for the state P L Punia and are learnt to have told him that the Baghel government was working well. Sources said that Baghel has been called to Delhi by Venugopal for further talks to resolve the crisis in the Chhattisgarh Congress.
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Rahul to visit CG next week: Baghel

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel after meeting with Rahul Gandhi in Delhi informed media persons that he has told him everything related to political as well state administrative discussions. In the end, I requested Rahul Gandhi to visit Chhattisgarh. He gladly accepted the invitation, he will be there next week. He (Rahul Gandhi) will first visit Bastar, and inspect the various projects and works there: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel after meeting with Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. PL Punia has already clarified this, I don’t need to say anything further. I have told my leader whatever I wanted to: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel when asked about the 2.5 years formula regarding the Chief Ministership of the state.

Give me freedom to take decisions or face consequences: Navjot Sidhu to party leadership

Amritsar: In what could be seen a dare to the Congress high command, newly appointed Punjab unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu has asked it to allow him the freedom to take decisions or he will give a devastating reply. Sidhu said he didn’t want to remain just a show horse . He made the remarks Thursday at a meeting with industrialists and traders in Amritsar, amid the continuing tussle with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ahead of next year’s assembly polls. A fallout of the tussle was the resignation Friday of Sidhu’s adviser Malvinder Singh Mali after his controversial remarks on the Kashmir issue. The party leadership picked the cricketer-turned-politician a few weeks back as the Punjab Congress chief, ignoring opposition from Amarinder Singh. But the two camps in the state Congress have not yet called a truce.



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