New Delhi: The results of these five states has thrown up several Chief Minister probables for the Congress. In Rajasthan the contest is between the forty one year old state unit chief Mr. Sachin Pilot and sixty seven year old two term former Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot.
Mr Pilot has been at the helm of Rajasthan Congress since last four years and has put in time effort highlighting the ills of the previous BJP government. The urbane politician, equally at home in a village as in the debating room of an English news channel, has more than earned his electoral stripes. He traveled for over five lakh kilometers through the length and breadth of the Rajasthan to strengthen the party at the grassroots level and ensure its comeback. While Mr Gehlot is the party old war horse who until recently was looking after affairs of Gujarat. Lok Sabha MP KC Venugopal and General Secretary
Incharge Avinash Pandey are already in Jaipur where they will meet the newly elected MLAs.
In Chattisgarh the Congress has managed two thirds majority in the state. The choice for CM narrows down to three contenders for party these include Mr. Bhupesh Baghel the state unit chief, Mr T.S. Singh Deo the leader of the Congress party in the assembly and Lok Sabha MP from Durg Mr Tamardhwaj Sahu. Insiders say that Mr Sahu is the frontrunner as inspite of being a Lok Sabha MP he was made to contest the current assembly elections. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge has been assigned to go to Raipur and meet the newly elected MLAs.
As clarity still evades in Madhya Pradesh the contender for the post of Chief Minister is the state unit chief Mr Kamal Nath....