Baghel’s team takes charge of governance

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Dec 2018 11:29:37


Staff Reporter,


Chief Minister appoints confidantes in key positions

THE Congress registered a landslide victory in Chhattisgarh and the man Bhupesh Baghel who spearheaded the Congress team in the election was finally chosen by the party to head the government. The Congress returned to power in State after 15 years.  The BJP government headed by Dr Raman Singh ruled the state between 2003 and 2018. Perhaps it was time for a change that people cast their vote in favour of the Congress. Chief Minister Baghel and his new team has finally  taken charge of the governance in State.

The Chief Minister has inducted Ambikapur MLA T S Singhdeo, Durg Rural MLA Tamradhwaj Sahu, Saja MLA Ravindra Choubey, Pratappur MLA Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Kawardha MLA Mohammad Akbar, Arang MLA Dr Shiv Kumar Dahariya, Korba MLA Jaisingh Agrawal, Ahiwara MLA Guru Rudra Kumar, Konta MLA Kawasi Lakhma, Kharsia MLA Umesh Patel and Dondilohara MLA Anila Bhedia in his cabinet. The strength of the cabinet including Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is 13 with still scope for one
more minister.

In forming the cabinet Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has tried to maintain regional and caste equations. He has also tried to give experience due weightage and this is visible from the selection of ministers to the cabinet. Three tribal MLAs Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, Kawasi Lakhma, Anila Bhendia, two MLAs from Scheduled Castes  Dr Shiv Kumar Dahariya, Guru Rudra Kumar and one MLA from minority community Mohammad Akbar were appointed to the council of ministers in the new government showcasing the commitment of the government in giving representation to all section of the people in the council of ministers.

Three Congress leaders namely Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Youth Congress State President Umesh Patel are from the other backward class (OBC).  Ambikapur MLA T S Singhdeo from the Rajput community; Saja MLA Ravindra Choubey, from Brahmin community and Jaisingh Agrawal from Agrawal community have got representation in the new Congress government. The Congress got 68 seats out of total 90 seats.
Selecting advisors Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel made Senior journalist Vinod Verma his Political Adviser while another journalist Ruchir Garg, who had joined the Congress just ahead of the assembly elections was named Media Advisor to the Chief Minister.

Besides, social activist Pradip Sharma was appointed Planning, Policy, Agriculture and Rural Development Advisor and Congress leader Rajesh Tiwari was appointed Parliamentary Advisor to the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Baghel has chosen his four advisors from different fields. Vinod Verma, whose name was allegedly involved in the alleged sex CD scam, is a veteran journalist. Within a few days of the formation of the government, the Congress government took two major decisions- waiving of short term loans of farmers worth over Rs 6400 crore and returning the farmers’ lands acquired for the Tata Steel Company. Thus, making a beginning for the implementation of the Congress manifesto.