It seems there is no end to the problems that the Congress is facing across India. After somehow managing the crisis in Punjab due to the differences between Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Siddhu, a fresh crisis has erupted in Chhattisgarh Congress where Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and health minister TS Singh Deo are at loggerheads over the top post.
Both Baghel and Singh Deo are in Delhi and met the Congress high command and party MP Rahul Gandhi as the tussle between the duo is likely to boil over. Notably, Singh Deo is claiming the top post in the state demanding rotational chief ministership. AICC in-charge for Chhattisgarh PL Punia and AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal were also present during the meeting convened by Rahul Gandhi at his residence.
The Baghel government in June completed half of the five-year tenure and since then Singh Deo and his supporters are demanding a change. Singh Deo has been insisting that rotational chief ministership was the deal when the party came to power in December 2018 and he was promised the chief minister’s post after two-and-a-half years of Baghel’s term.
Political experts said that the health minister is unlikely to settle for anything less than the chief minister’s post. The experts also said that Singh Deo may leave the government and the party if he is not made the CM. However, he is unlikely to join the BJP even if he leaves the Congress.
After winning the Chhattisgarh election in 2018, the Congress faced tough negotiations with chief ministerial contenders including Singh Deo and Tamradhwaj Sahu. Finally, both were taken on as ministers when Baghel took charge.
Congress’ tryst with rebellions
The Congress party had to enter into firefighting mode in several states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and now in Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, the tussle between CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot remains unresolved, with Pilot yet to be rehabilitated. In Madhya Pradesh, growing differences between Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia led to the fall of the Kamal Nath government while Scindia joined the BJP and went on to become a Union minister.
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