Congress state president Kamal Nath will be sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister on December 17, 2018. Chhindwara MP was announced as the next chief minister of the state after hours of meetings within the party chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi. There were reports of a rift within the party over whether to pick Indira’s so-called third son, Kamal Nath, or the young captain Jyotiraditya Scindia. At the meeting, however, Arif Aqueel proposed Kamal Nath’s name, and former CM Digvijay Singh seconded the proposal along with other senior party leaders. Now reports suggest, Kamal Nath will meet the state governor Anandiben Patel to work out the details of the ceremony.
After Kamal Nath’s name was finally Tweeted by the Congress, CM-to-be in an emotional message thanked Jyotiraditya Scindia for supporting him. He also pointed out that he had the privilege to work with his father late Madhavrao Scindia, and that Scindia had supported him, it mattered a lot.
On Wednesday, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath had met Rahul Gandhi at his residence in Delhi. The meeting is said to have been attended by senior leaders including Sonia Gandhi. Interestingly, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also present at the meeting. After the meeting concluded, Nath and Scindia arrived in Bhopal to convey the party high command’s decision to the newly elected MLAs.
The elections to the state were interesting as there was a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP. While the grand old party secured 114 votes, the saffron party garnered 109 seats. However, a closer look at the vote share reveals BJP’s upper hand in the vote share. Though there was a meagre difference between the vote shares of the party. BJP lost a couple of seats to see Congress form the government in the state.