Congress legislators meet in Bhopal to decide new MP chief minister

The Congress legislature party in Madhya Pradesh is meeting in state capital Bhopal on Thursday night to formally elect the state’s new chief minister after the two main contenders – state party chief Kamal Nath and election campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia – returned from New Delhi after discussions with party chief Rahul Gandhi.

As the suspense over the next chief minister mounted ahead through the day, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday evening tweeted a photograph with Nath and Scindia, with a quote from Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s “Bethink Yourselves”. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time,” Gandhi, 48, said in a tweet that is being seen to signal the end of Madhya Pradesh’s wait for its next chief minister.

The Congress legislature party began its meeting at around 10.30 pm, many hours after Gandhi told reporters early on Thursday that a decision on the party’s three chief ministers would be taken soon.

The Congress president had been authorised by the party’s legislators to select chief ministers for the three states snatched from the BJP – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh – in the just-concluded state elections.

First Published: Dec 13, 2018 22:43 IST

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