Chhattisgarh crisis continues, dozen MLAs reach Delhi

Raipur: A dozen MLAs have reached Delhi to show their support Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel. The political heat appears to be once again escalating in the state, as the suspense over the possibility of change in leadership in Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh continues.

Albeit various speculations, the MLAs have said that their visit is related to proposed tour of former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to the state.

“Around 15-16 party MLAs have reached Delhi and are staying at different places. Rahul ji’s visit to Chhattisgarh is proposed. We wanted to convey a request to Rahul ji through our state in-charge P L Punia ji that he should extend a little the duration of his tour so that all the MLAs could get benefit of it,” said Brihaspat Singh, the party MLA from Ramanujganj seat of state.

“We have come to Delhi just to make this request and we will speak to Punia sir on Thursday in this regard. Our visit should not be seen in other way,” he told PTI over phone from Delhi.

Mr Singh also said that when everything is right, there can be no change in leadership, “”Our party has 70 MLAs (in the 90-member state assembly), of whom 60 legislators had last time told everything to Punia ji. When there is blessing of the high command, support of the MLAs and the chief minister is working well, then no such issue (of leadership change) exists.”

He also denied the alleged tussle between Mr Baghel and state health minister TS Singh Deo and said that both the leaders had recently shared the stage and exchanged sweets. He also said that they respect each other.

“The situation in Chhattisgarh is not similar to Punjab. The high command of any party would not put the entire government at stake just to make one leader happy…,” he said without naming anyone.

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