Ready to step down if Congress high-command asks me: Chhattisgarh CM on sharing the post | India News

Ready to step down if Congress high-command asks me: Chhattisgarh CM on sharing the post | India News


RAIPUR: Amid speculations over the purported two-and-a-half-year power-sharing formula in the ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday reiterated that if the party high command asks, he would vacate the post.
Baghel was speaking to reporters at the Raipur airport after returning from Delhi where he met AICC leaders Priyanka Gandhi and PL Punia.
On July 9, Baghel visited Shimla where he paid last respects to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh. He returned here this afternoon via Delhi.
“I was in Himachal Pradesh to pay tribute to Virbhadra Singh ji … After the second wave of Covid-19 broke out (in March end), it was my first visit to Delhi. Today I held a formal meeting with Priyanka ji and Punia ji there,” he said.
“A lot of discussions were held with Punia ji over politics in the state, various government programmes and appointments to the posts of corporations and boards,” he added.
When told questions are being raised over the purported arrangement for the rotational chief ministership in the state, Baghel said, “You keep asking this question, the reply will be given and every time the answer will be the same…The party high command has given this responsibility, and if the high command orders to vacate, then I will do so.”
“Media people ask this question again and again and every time the answer remains the same. Two plus two will always be four. It will neither be more than it nor less than it. Every time you ask I will give the same reply.”
The Baghel government completed two-and-a-half years in office last month.
Sharing the CM’s post on a rotational basis has been a buzz in Chhattisgarh’s political circles after Congress came to power in December 2018 when Baghel and his two senior cabinet colleagues TS Singh Deo and Tamradhwaj Sahu were the leading contenders for the CM post.
When Baghel took oath as CM on December 17, 2018, Deo and Sahu had sworn in as cabinet ministers. The speculations were rife that consensus was built for the CM’s post based on a two-and-a-half-year power-sharing formula between Baghel and Deo.





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