New Delhi: Amid a power tussle in the ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh, the party’s central leadership has called Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to Delhi on Friday, just days after he had met Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders in the national capital. CM Bhupesh Baghel will leave for Delhi at 11 am on Friday.
Sources add some Congress MLAs are also heading for Delhi in an apparent show of support to the chief minister amid talks of a change in leadership.
On Thursday, as many as 45 different MLAs left for Delhi. As per sources, more MLAs will reach for Delhi, ahead of Baghel’s meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Aug 27.
As per sources, some ministers are also likely to join CM Baghel in Delhi. There are four ministers currently present in Delhi.
CM Baghel will likely meet All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary KC Venugopal and Rahul Gandhi.
Baghel and Deo had met Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning both the Congress Leaders met with All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary K C Venugopal separately, amid an ongoing power tussle between them.
The Congress which returned to power in the state after 15 years in 2018 is witnessing a tussle between Baghel and Health Minister T S Singh Deo who has staked his claim to the post of chief minister citing a post-poll agreement on rotating chief ministership.
When contacted, AICC in-charge for Chhattisgarh PL Punia told PTI, “Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will be in the national capital On Friday as he had sought time from the AICC general secretary.”
Punia, however, clarified that no MLA has been called to Delhi and rejected media reports to this effect.
Baghel had left Delhi on Wednesday and was accorded a rousing welcome in Raipur, where a large number of Congress leaders and MLAs were present in an apparent show of support.
The CM has said that Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have entrusted him with the responsibility of running the state government and he will quit the moment they ask him to do so.
On his return to Raipur, he also said that those seeking a rotating chief ministership are creating political instability in the state.
Baghel was in the eye of the storm after the state government brought a bill to take over a private medical college, whose management includes members from the family of his daughter’s in-laws.
(With inputs from PTI)