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Kamal Nath is new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Dec 14 (IANS): Congress leader Kamal Nath was on Thursday chosen as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, heralding Congress rule in the state after 15 years.

Kamal Nath, who flew in here late in the evening, was formally chosen leader of the state Congress legislature party after party President Rahul Gandhi decided on his name over the other aspirant Jyotiraditya Scindia.

"Rahul Gandhi has chosen Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister," party observer A.K. Antony said at the legislature party meeting.

Kamal Nath told the gathering that he would fulfil all the promises made in the party's manifesto.

"I assure every voter of Madhya Pradesh that we will fulfil our promises. The people have stood with the truth," he said.

He thanked the party workers for effectively taking the message to people in the Assembly elections.

Later, talking to reporters, Kamal Nath said he would meet the state Governor Anandiben Patel on Friday morning to decide on the day and time of his swearing in.

"I shall strive to be true to the trust that the people of Madhya Pradesh have reposed in me," he said.

Kamal Nath was accompanied at the meeting by Scindia. Both Kamal Nath and Scindia flew to Bhopal late in the evening after four-hour-long consultations with Gandhi.

An apparent reason for Congress President Rahul Gandhi choosing Kamal Nath over Scindia as Chief Minster is the nature of verdict in the state where the party is short of majority by two seats.

The Congress won 114 seats, two seats short of majority in a tight contest, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finished a close second with 109 seats in the 230-member House.

The party is dependent on the Independents to cross the half-way mark even as the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party have extended the support of their three MLAs. Kamal Nath is seen as someone who can deftly manage allies and supporting parties.

The decision came two days after the election results were declared in Madhya Pradesh.

Kamal Nath, a former Union Minister, was appointed Madhya Pradesh Congress chief only seven months back and immersed himself in preparations for the Assembly polls in the state where the BJP had been in power for 15 years.

He is the senior-most member of the Lok Sabha, having won nine elections.

Although the Congress is also poised to form governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, no decision has yet been taken on the Chief Ministers in the two states.

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  • abdulla, india

    Sun, Dec 16 2018

    Congress got a Breather..
    now INTROSPECT..
    take it seriously ...
    why and what went Wrong.?
    Do the surgery ASAP..
    Focus on Farmers..soldiers.
    Build up from Grassroots Economy by declaring Green revolution..
    as well as Industrial revolution:
    bring in Taiwan: Korea: Japan: Nordic: Israel.. Europeans
    and start Industries: manufacturing..
    Innovate..add value.. frugal engineer.
    mass produce for India and the world...
    Simply follow Chinese Formula..MANTRA.
    Focus and talk only
    Employment: economy and GDP of 10%
    nothing more...
    Govt both central/State work intensely on:
    Quality education for all.
    Military training for all.
    Health for all.
    Shelter for all.
    EMPLOYMENT for all.
    Build the best INFRASTRUCTURE..
    Build Gurukulas..... yoga centers..Ayurveda centers.
    Plant billions of trees.
    Banyan tree/Peepal trees for meditation..
    Work like during the emergency era..
    300 days a year and 10 hours a day.
    Focus on self employment.. micro..small..medium..large and heavy industries....
    Build parallel clean and smart cities.

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  • John Monteiro, Belman

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    We, the slaves, are denigrating the honorable word "Bhakt" into an abuse and that must stop.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    hahahaha... feku named bhakta...

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  • Mamatha, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Same seniority logic, Our Kharge should be PM candidate for 2019

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    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    BJP ka KAMAL Congress ka Kamalnath ka saath merger huva.....

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  • Krishna, Karkala

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Congress won MP election after 15 years, that too with a very narrow margin, had to take BSP support to cross the halfway mark. The credit should go to Jyothiradhya Scindia. People of MP wanted him to become CM, not Kamalnath.
    Scindia is a dynamic young honest leader has been denied CM's post. He is 100% smarter than Pappu. That is why he was not given the top post.
    In Rajasthan another one popular dynamic young leader Sachin Pilot has been denied CM's Post. He is also much smarter than Pappu. People of Rajasthan have wanted him to lead the state. Unfortunately Pappu preferred old loyal horse instead of young smart dunamic leader with a vision Sachin Pilot.

    Everything is for good. As a revenge People of Rajasthan and MP are going give a massive mandate for Modi in the 2019 elections.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Krishna, thats your opinion, while Scindia and Pilot are cool and supporting their party and people those elected them. They have not shown any displeasure and why others need to worry!

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  • Christine, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    I think the choice of CM is made with due consultation and both the persons in questions agreeing on the choice. I think we need young and energetic persons like Jyotiradhithya Scindia and Sachin Pilot for Central leadership.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    True, Krishna, the highest grosser for the Party is the CM.

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    it is clear cut verdict of the people for a change in MP along with other two mainland states of India. at least now the communal forces will silenced in three states. Toddy morning interview in India today T V with rajdeep sardesai, new cm kamal nath spoke very we;l and intelligently, mentioning that his first priority will waver of farm loan upto rs 2,00,000/-. each. let us hope congress CM will fulfill the promises given in time election to the people madhy pradesh.

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  • Lilygrace D Silva, Mangalore/Mumbai/Dubai

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Kamal Nathji, now that you have been given the CM assignment, take all the party leaders and people in your daily work schedule. You will have tough time to go into the work done by the earlier CM. Have patience, courage and may you be able to change the environment into a good people oriented state where there will be peace and brotherhood.

    God bless.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    What about GOA.😀.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Indira Gandhi's Favorite ...

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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    1984 Sikh riots....
    109 BJP men in front....
    BJP at Centre....
    He will fulfil all promises.... He... He... He....

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  • Sunil, Dubai

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    But why is feku silent and hiding? No news or comments from him at all. Has his arrogance and ego taken a beating?

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    congress has no peoples verdict in MP and Rajastan..

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    ಭಕ್ತ ಇಡೀ ಮುಳುಗಿದರೂ ಮೂಗು ಮೇಲೆ. ಈಗ ಎಷ್ಟು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಖಾನ್ಗ್ರೆಸ್ಸಿಗೆ?????????

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  • Avinas, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    You win by a cm or a metre a winner is always a winner. So STFU bhakat... Get a life and please have some hajmola.

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