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In Chhattisgarh, a patient TS Singhdeo waits for his turn to be chief minister

In the given circumstances of Congress and the likelihood of it retaining voter confidence, he still remains the most capable person in Congress to hold that portfolio.

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By Neeraj Mishra

Sarguja has had one family rule for last several hundred years and TS Singhdeo is believed to be some 1025th in an unbroken line. One of the reasons could be that none of the empires from Ashoka and Chandragupta to the Mughals were really interested in conquering Ambikapur and surrounding areas which was mostly forest land. And even though the British recognised the Sarguja family as the only “Maharajas” in present day Chhattisgarh, it was only a protectorate state under the Raj, having accepted British suzerainty.

Then why would TS Singhdeo seek to become a chief minister when his entire family history is different ? His father MS Singhdeo, an IAS officer, was the chief secretary of MP under Arjun Singh and even though the latter referred to him as Maharaj, it was more out of Thakur pride and traditions. TS Baba as he is known had remained a small town, municipal-level leader for most of his life till by quirk of fate Ambikapur became a separate general assembly constituency in 2008 after a re-organisation of seats. He won his first Assembly elections.

In his first term as MLA, he learnt and then became the Leader of Opposition in 2013 in only his second term when fate intervened on his behalf again. The Congress had lost its entire senior leadership in the Naxalite attack in Jheeram, Bastar. By the time, the third win in 2018 happened he had thrown his gauntlet along with Bhupesh Baghel, a caste upstart from Durg district who was the PCC chief. They had run the election campaign together as Jai and Viru. Singhdeo says he was promised half the term as CM by Rahul Gandhi, the then Congress president. That didn’t happen because Baghel was too smart and had slowly entrenched himself in Priyanka Gandhi’s camp.

Now again, Singhdeo sits alone in his ministerial bungalow in Raipur, surrounded mostly by supplicants and acolytes giving out interviews to TV channels claiming it is his deepest desire to become CM. And if that does not happen, he will not contest another election. Strangely, there are not many MLAs or likely winners/candidates visiting him post polling day on November 17th. There could be several reasons but the prime one seems to be that Baghel is still in charge and leading the race and TS Baba’s own persona which remains regal.

So TS Baba wants to be CM but is he capable? Yes. In the given circumstances of Congress and the likelihood of it retaining voter confidence, he still remains the most capable person in Congress to hold that portfolio. His family background, his education, his hold over the bureaucracy and several other things point to his obvious capabilities to claim that office. He also has a legitimate claim within the party since the Gandhis have not kept their promise of giving him a shot at the top office.

So will he become the next CM in case of a Congress victory? That is the question and debate in every political gossip circle in the capital and beyond. It is unlikely that Baghel will let go of his position so easily. He didn’t even do so when Rahul asked him to after 2.5 years in the post. In fact, he has built an image of Congress’ boldest OBC face and a kisan leader in his time in office. So that’s the biggest and perhaps the only hurdle in Singhdeo’s path.

What else? There are several other minor hiccups. The Congress may want to replace Baghel with another OBC leader, then old Sahu warhorse Tamradhwaj remains the best bet. If Congress opts for a tribal face, then Deepak Baij or Markam may lay claim.

What can happen? If Congress wins with a thin majority like 50 then that may be Singhdeo’s best chance. A clear and major victory like 55 plus seats would mean Baghel has prevailed with his image and pro-farmer agenda.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari reacts to AAP-Congress Alliance, reminds CM Kejriwal of his 2012 jail promise

AAP and Congress announced an alliance in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh on Saturday.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Saturday reminded Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal of his promise of sending leaders of Congress Party to jail. This comes after the announcement of the AAP and Congress’ seat sharing deal for upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.

Using the metaphor chor chor mausere bhai which translates in English, birds of a feather flock together, Tiwari said, this is what it is happening between AAP and Congress. He alleged that AAP workers are disappointed with CM Kejriwal as the used to speak about putting Congress leaders in jail but now he is at their feet.

AAP was formed after Arvind Kejriwal launched anti-corruption protests in Delhi. At that time congress was in power in both Delhi and the Centre.

Later when the party was formed in 2012, Arvind Kejriwal said that he would put corrupt leaders in jail within six months of coming to power.

Tiwari said that Arvind Kejriwal and AAP had ousted Congress from Delhi and Punjab and now the Chief Minister is sharing the stage with Rahul Gandhi.

He also said BJP and Prime Minister Modi are in everyone’s heart and the people of Delhi will decide everything as it is clear now that the top leaders of AAP and Congress are the same.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Atishi said that CM Kejriwal can be arrested soon. She alleged that ever since the INDIA bloc seat sharing was nearly finalised, Kejriwal started getting threats from everwhere. She also mentioned that the party members were told if they didn’t exit the alliance, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal to arrest him.

She claimed that the party had the information that the CBI would issue a notice on Monday and would arrest CM Kejriwal in a few days.

AAP and Congress announced an alliance in Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh on Saturday.

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Priyanka Gandhi joins Rahul Gandhi on last leg of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Uttar Pradesh

Gandhi slammed BJP government and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells people that India belongs to everyone. He added 90% of the people don’t get any participation as a result there is a need for caste census. He said the BJP system works by diverting the people of India by talking about Bollywood and surgical strike.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday took out the final leg of Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra In Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad. Congress said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra  will accompany Rahul Gandhi as the yatra passes through Amroha, Sambhal, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Agra and will conclude at Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were seen waving to people from an open jeep. People raised slogans such as Rahul Gandhi Zindabad, Priyanka Gandhi zindabad and Congress party zindabad as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra passed through different areas of Moradabad. The padyatra started from Jama Masjid Chauraha in Moradabad to Sambhal Chauraha.

Gandhi slammed BJP government and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells people that India belongs to everyone. He added 90% of the people don’t get any participation as a result there is a need for caste census. He said the BJP system works by diverting the people of India by talking about Bollywood and surgical strike.

Gandhi said 50% people in the country are backward, 15% minorities, 15% Dalit and 8% Adivasi. He wanted to ask about the participation of 90% of India’s population. He said none of these people are represented in the media. He said the common man of India can be seen in the list of MGNREGA but not in the big companies, the high court and the media.

Gandhi said PM Modi says Hindostan sabka hai. He asked ye sabka kaise hai? If 90% are not getting any participation. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over paper leaks and said 28 lakh students wrote the exam for UP Police but the exam was leaked. She said the unemployment rates have increased after the formation of BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre.

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NCP (SCP) launches its party’s new symbol ‘man blowing tura’ in presence of Sharad Pawar

Pawar said to establish a people’s government, they need to struggle and hence have to strengthen the trumpet symbol. He said it is an inspiration to launch a new struggle for people’s welfare and a government which works for their upliftment.

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NCP (SCP) launched its party’s new symbol ‘man blowing tura’ in presence of party Sharad Pawar at the Raigad fort on Saturday. The NCP (SCP) chief said he sought the support of the party workers in bringing a government that works for the welfare and progress of the common man. He added the trumpet will bring happiness to the people.

Pawar said to establish a people’s government, they need to struggle and hence have to strengthen the trumpet symbol. He said it is an inspiration to launch a new struggle for people’s welfare and a government which works for their upliftment.

Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said the trumpet is a symbol of bravery, victory and inspiration to fight. He said they are seeking the blessings from Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj from the fort where his coronation was performed and the place where he spent the last days of his life and where his Samadhi is situated.

The symbol was allotted to the party by the Election Commision of India on Thursday. The trumpet refers to tutari in Marathi and is sounded to mark the entry of important persons. The NCP(SCP) took to X and wrote the Tutari in the form of great valour of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj had once deafened the emperor of Delhi. He said it is a great honour for his party to get Tutari (Man Blowing Turha) as the symbol for the upcoming elections.

He said Tutari is now ready to shake Delhi’s throne under the leadership of Sharadchandra Pawar. He quoted lines from popular poem Tutari written by Jnanpith awardee Kusumagraj. The NCP which was founded by Sharad Pawar, split in July when Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs joined the Eknath Shinde government. The election commission assigned the party name and clock symbol to Ajit Pawar’s faction.

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