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BJP appoints Vishnu Deo Sai as next Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

A consensus has been reached by the party members on electing a senior tribal leader as the next Chief Minister of the state. This decision was taken in the BJP Legislature Party meeting on Sunday

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The name of the new Chief Minister has been announced in Chhattisgarh. BJP appointed Vishnu Deo Sai as the next Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

A consensus has been reached by the party members on electing a senior tribal leader as the next Chief Minister of the state. This decision was taken in the BJP Legislature Party meeting on Sunday. The 59-year-old leader was born on 21 February 1964. Sai won the recently concluded assembly polls from Kunkuri in north Chhattisgarh, a region the BJP has swept. Sai is a prominent figure in the BJP and has held various positions, including being the former state chief and former union minister. Sai hails from the influential Sahu (Teli) community which has a sizable presence in the Durg, Raipur and Bilaspur divisions.

Sai thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J P Nadda and other party leaders for reposing faith in him to hold the top post in Chhattisgarh.

"As the chief minister, I will try to fulfil PM Modi's guarantees (pre-poll promises of the BJP) through the government," Sai told reporters after the meeting.

Sanctioning 18 lakh houses (to beneficiaries of a housing scheme) will be the first work (to be done) in the state, he said.

On becoming the new Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Vishnu Deo Sai says "Today, I have been unanimously chosen as the leader of the legislative assembly. I am thankful to PM Modi, Union HM Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda for showing trust in me."

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He was a member of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly from 1990-1998  from the Tapkara constituency. In 1999 he was elected to Lok Sabha from Raigad seat.

In 2006 he was made the state BJP Chief. In 2009 he was once again elected from Raigad for Lok Sabha. He continued his winning streak from Raigad in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as well. From 2014-2019 he was made a state minister in the Modi government.

BJP leader and Union Minister Renuka Singh Saruta said, “I am very happy that Vishnu Deo Sai will be the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. This is the first time a party worker from the tribal community belonging to a farmer's family has been elected as the CM..."

He served as State President of the party for Chhattisgarh from 2020 until 2022. He was the Union Minister of State for Mines, Steel in the first PM Modi cabinet. He is highly regarded among tribal voters.

Earlier, BJP central observers Sarbananda Sonowal and Arjun Munda held a meeting in Raipur.

The polling in the state was held in two phases, with the first on November 7 featuring 223 candidates and the second seeing 958 candidates put their electoral fates to the test on November 17.

Of the 90 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh, the BJP bagged 54 while the Congress won 35.

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Published: 10 Dec 2023, 03:47 PM IST
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