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Kamal Nath to be MP's new CM, says all promises will be fulfilled

Nath, 72, will meet Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel at 10.30 am Friday to take forward the government formation and discuss the details of swearing-in ceremony

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Congress State President Kamal Nath displays victory sign as he leaves after interacting with the media persons on the party's win in state Assembly elections, at PCC headquarters, in Bhopal
Kamal Nath displays | Photo: PTI

The Congress on Thursday night named veteran Kamal Nath as Madhya Pradesh's next chief minister, after hours of hectic parleys held by the with senior party leaders.

Flanked by Jyotiraditya Scindia, the other senior from the state who was in contention for the top post, Nath said that as the new he would ensure all promises made by the are fulfilled and that Madhya Pradesh's future was secure.

Asserting that the state unit of the party was united and there were no "camps", Nath said that he has no problems with and maintains good relations with all leaders in the state.

Nath, 72, will meet at 10.30 am Friday to take forward the government formation and discuss the details of swearing-in ceremony.

Asked about the Congress's manifesto promise of farm loan waiver, he said, "It is a challenging time and we will all together fulfil the promises made in our 'Vachan Patra'."
 


Nath, who has earlier held multiple portfolios in the union cabinet, recalled his association with the former and said it was she who had introduced him to Chhindwara, which has since become his home turf electing him to nine times.

He also said that he has had the privilege of working with Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, and now

Nath also thanked and said that he had also worked with his father late Madhavrao "He has supported me and that matters a lot," he said.
 

The announcement of Nath's name as the new was made by the party observer for the state A K Antony after being elected "unanimously" as the new (CLP) at meeting of the newly-elected MLAs, soon after the veteran leader reached to a rousing welcome by his supporters chanting 'Nath'.

His name was decided as the chosen one after marathon meetings at the Rahul Gandhi's residence in the national capital, attended by various senior leaders including

Rahul's sister had also reached the Tughlaq Lane house when the deliberations were on, but it could not be confirmed whether she was also a participant.

Soon after arriving in Bhopal, Nath and Scindia reached Indira Bhawan, the Congress state headquarters, and held a meeting of party's newly elected MLAs and conveyed the party high command's decision.

Nath, who was appointed as of the on April 26, is credited with having steered the party to a win in the just-concluded assembly polls, in which the party bagged 114 seats.

The Congress has secured support of a total of 121 MLAs, including SP (1) and BSP (2) legislators as also of four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-member assembly.

The (BJP), which ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats in the elections. The saffron party's was the state's longest serving since taking charge in 2005.

Nath said he was "hungry" for the Congress's return to power in the state and asserted that the party has got "unconditional" support from the SP and the BSP.

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First Published: Fri, December 14 2018. 00:35 IST
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