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Live: Kamal Nath elected as new Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Congress announces on Twitter

In the Rajasthan assembly elections, Congress won 99 seats out of 199 while BJP secured 73 seats. BSP and others won 6 and 20 seats, respectively.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 13, 2018 23:52 IST
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Congress will choose the chief ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh after taking the opinion of each of the newly elected legislators, spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Wednesday, although the MLAs have authorised party president Rahul Gandhi to choose the persons for the top job.

Congress has emerged as single largest party, ousting BJP in Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh. In the Rajasthan assembly elections, Congress won 99 seats out of 199 while BJP secured 73 seats. BSP and others won 6 and 20 seats, respectively.

A Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting held on Wednesday in the three states authorised Rahul Gandhi to choose the chief minister. Yesterday, a delegation of Congress party had met the governor to stake claim to form the government.

However, Rahul has appointed observers for the states — AK Antony for Madhya Pradesh, Mallikarjun Kharge for Chhattisgarh and KC Venugopal for Rajasthan.

Here are the live updates:

11:50 pm IST

Kamal Nath to meet governor tomorrow

Kamal Nath will be meeting the governor tomorrow at 10:30 am.

11:45 pm IST

Rajasthan CM’s name to be announced

Rajasthan chief minister’s name will be announce tomorrow.

11:20 pm IST

Kamal Nath elected new Madhya Pradesh CM

Kamal Nath elected new Madhya Pradesh CM, Congress announced on Twitter.

10:49 pm IST

Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia arrive at Congress party office in Bhopal

State Congress chief Kamal Nath and election campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia have arrived at PCC office at Bhopal from Delhi.

10:15 pm IST

Jyotiraditya Scindia reaches Bhopal

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has reached the Bhopal airport.

10:10 pm IST

Kamal Nath reaches Bhopal

Congress leader Kamal Nath has reached the Bhopal airport.

9:35 pm IST

Chhattisgarh CM’s name to be announced tomorrow

The name of the next Chhattisgarh chief minister will be announced tomorrow.

8:10 pm IST

Rahul tweets amid suspense on CM pick in MP

8:07 pm IST

It is not a race: Jyotiraditya Scindia

“It is not a race, it is not about kursi, we are here to serve the people of Madhya Pradesh. I am leaving for Bhopal and you will get to know the decision today,” tweeted Jyotiraditya Scindia.

8:05 pm IST

Scindia, Kamal Nath head to Bhopal

“I am leaving for Bhopal, MLAs meeting will be held and we will announce the CM name after that,” Congress’ Kamal Nath on leaving Rahul Gandhi’s residence, told ANI while leaving Rahul Gandhi’s Delhi residence.

7:40 pm IST

Congress legislature meet expected at 10 pm

The Congress legislature meet of Madhya Pradesh is expected to be held at 10 pm.

7:20 pm IST

Congress legislature meet at 8:30 pm

The time of the meeting of Congress legislature party meet has been deferred to 8.30 pm.

7:20 pm IST

It takes time: Ashok Gehlot

“The decision will be taken soon, there is nothing to worry. Just wait, the decision has to be taken on CMs of three states so naturally, it takes time. Party president will take a call,” said Ashok Gehlot.

6:10 pm IST

Maintain peace and decorum: Pilot to party workers

“I appeal to party workers to maintain peace and decorum. I have full faith in the leadership, we will welcome whatever Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi decide. It is our responsibility to uphold the honour of the party, we are dedicated to the party,” tweeted Sachin Pilot.

6:00 pm IST

Security tightened ahead of announcement of next Rajasthan CM’s name

Security was tightened here Thursday ahead of the announcement of the next Rajasthan chief minister’s name as the supporters of both Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot had started gathering near their residences since morning. A large number of supporters are present at the civil lines residence of Gehlot, while Pilot’s supporters are also present near his house in Jalupura.

5:45 pm IST

Supporters of Sachin Pilot block road in Karauli

Supporters of Sachin Pilot today blocked a road in Rajasthan’s Karauli.

4:45 pm IST

Scindia supporters gather outside Congress party office in Bhopal

Supporters of Jyotiraditya Scindia gather outside Congress party office in Bhopal.

4:00 pm IST

Sonia Gandhi arrives at Rahul Gandhi’s resident

Sonia Gandhi arrived at the residence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

3:41 pm IST

Name of Rajasthan chief minister will be announced in evening

The name of Rajasthan chief minister will be announced in the evening and a Congress delegation will meet Governor Kalyan Singh at 7 pm to stake claim on government, reports PTI.

3:31 pm IST

‘I will live and die in Madhya Pradesh’: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Outgoing Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says,” I will not go to centre, I will live in Madhya Pradesh and die in Madhya Pradesh,” reports news agency ANI.

3:20 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi is likely to meet top contenders in Chhattisgarh

Rahul Gandhi is likely to meet the top contenders in Chhattisgarh -- state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, CLP leader T S Singh Deo, OBC leader Tamradhwaj Sahu and party veteran Charan Das Mahant, reports PTI.

3:17 pm IST

Rahul seeks views of party workers through internal messaging system

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has sought the views of party workers through an internal messaging system with a pre-recorded message asking them to send their views directly to him through the application.

3:03 pm IST

Supporters of Congress leader Ashok Gehlot chant slogans

Supporters of Congress leader Ashok Gehlot chant slogans, in the backdrop of a hording congratulating him, at his residence in Jaipur.

Supporters of Ashok Gehlot chant slogans in Jaipur. ( HT Photo )
2:53 pm IST

Supporters of Congress leader Ashok Gehlot burst firecrackers

Supporters of Congress leader Ashok Gehlot burst firecrackers and chant “ humara CM kaisa ho...Ashok Gehlot jaisa ho” ,at his residence in Jaipur.

Supporters of Congress leader Ashok Gehlot burst firecrackers. ( HT Photo/Himanshu Vyas )
2:23 pm IST

Newly elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh will meet at 4 pm

The newly elected Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh will meet at 4 p.m. in the Pradesh Congress Committee office on Thursday to choose their Legislature Party leader, party officials said, reports PTI.

1:50 pm IST

Preparations on at Raj Bhawan for oath taking

Amid suspense over next Rajasthan chief minister, preparations on at Raj Bhawan for oath taking, reports PTI.

1:09 pm IST

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot leaves from Rahul Gandhi’s residence

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot leaves from party president Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi.

1:01 pm IST

Congress leader Sachin Pilot leaves from Rahul Gandhi’s residence

Congress leader Sachin Pilot leaves from party president Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi.

12:47 pm IST

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot reaches Rahul Gandhi’s residence

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot reaches party president Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi.

12:25 pm IST

Congress leader Sachin Pilot reaches Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s residence

Congress leader Sachin Pilot reaches Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi.

Sachin Pilot reaches Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi ( HT Photo )
12:15 pm IST

Sachin Pilot leaves from his residence in Delhi

Congress leader Sachin Pilot leaves from his residence in Delhi.

12:10 pm IST

People of Rajasthan wants Ashok Gehlot as the chief minister: Rajasthan Independent MLA Mahadev Singh Khandela

Rajasthan Independent MLA Mahadev Singh Khandela says, “The public of Rajasthan wants Ashok Gehlot as the chief minister. I also have the same wishes. And I think the high command will also take the same decision,” reports news agency ANI.

11:40 am IST

Supporters of Congress leader Sachin Pilot gather outside AICC headquarters in Delhi

Supporters of Congress leader Sachin Pilot have gathered outside All India Congress Committee headquarters in Delhi and are raising slogans demanding selection of Pilot as Rajasthan chief minister.

11:30 am IST

Decision on chief minister candidate of Chhattisgarh should be taken by today: TS Singh Deo

Congress leader TS Singh Deo says, “We can’t make the conclusion of confidential discussion public. MLAs are given the rights that they can express their individual opinions, nothing will be disclosed for now. Decision on chief minister candidate (Chhattisgarh) should be taken by today,” reports news agency ANI.

11:00 am IST

You will see a chief minister soon: Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi says, “We are taking inputs from different people in the party. We are taking inputs from MLAs, from workers. You will see a chief minister soon,” reports news agency ANI.

10:45 am IST

Whatever decision Rahul takes, the MLAs are ready to accept: Mallikarjun Kharge

All India Congress Committee’s observer for Chhattisgarh, Mallikarjun Kharge says, “All MLAs have unanimously authorised AICC president Rahul Gandhi to select Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader (for Chhattisgarh). Whatever decision he takes, the MLAs are ready to accept,” reports news agency ANI.

10:36 am IST

KC Venugopal arrives at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi

KC Venugopal, All India Congress Committee observer for Rajasthan, arrives at Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s residence in Delhi.

9:58 am IST

Race in Chhattisgarh is among Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singhdeo and Tamradhwaj Sahu

The race in Chhattisgarh is primarily between state unit chief and Patan MLA Bhupesh Baghel, party veteran TS Singh Deo, who was the leader of opposition in the former assembly, and the party’s lone Lok Sabha MP from the state, Tamradhwaj Sahu.

9:54 am IST

Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia are front-runners for the post in Madhya Pradesh

Former Union minister and state Congress president Kamal Nath and the party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha and campaign committee chief for the state, Jyotiraditya Scindia are the front-runners for the post in Madhya Pradesh. Both did not contest the assembly elections.

9:51 am IST

Congress was one short of a clear majority in Rajasthan

The Congress was one short of a clear majority in Rajasthan, winning 99 of the 199 seats for which polls were held. In Madhya Pradesh, it was two seats short of the 116 mark while in Chhattisgarh, it had bagged two-thirds majority with 68 seats.

9:40 am IST

Meeting of Congress MLAs to be held at 4 pm in Bhopal today

A meeting of Congress MLAs will be held at 4 pm in Bhopal today, reports news agency ANI.

9:24 am IST

Gehlot and Sachin Pilot arrive in Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi

Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have arrived in Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Central observer KC Venugopal and party general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande will also brief Gandhi.

9:06 am IST

Meeting expected to take place at 11 am

A senior party leader said AICC president Rahul Gandhi will be meeting the leaders at 11 am.

8:57 am IST

Decision on Rajasthan CM will be taken today: Ashok Gehlot

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot says observers have taken everyone’s opinion, in a peaceful way. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had to take a decision (on Rajasthan CM candidate), observers have arrived in Delhi. A discussion will be held and the decision will be taken today.

8:52 am IST

Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot to meet Rahul

Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have left for Delhi. They will meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi.