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Rahul Gandhi in a New Photo-op, This Time For Chhattisgarh; CM Declaration Coming Soon


New Delhi: Another Day. Another Photo-op. And yet another CM announcement to follow the routine. This time in Chhattisgarh.

After posing with Jyoritaditya Scindia and Kamal Nath for Madhya Pradesh, followed the next day by Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot for Rajasthan, on Saturday it was the turn of Chhattisgarh contenders: Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant posing with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team,” Gandhi tweeted along with a photograph with Chhattisgarh CM hopefuls.

These men in the picture with Rahul are said to be in the running for Chhattisgarh’s top post. The Congress won the state with a thumping majority on December 11, ending Raman Singh’s 15-year-rule.

During the Madhya Pradesh photo-op, Gandhi, quoting Leo Tolstoy, said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” It was widely read as hint to young Scindia to wait for his turn as veteran Nath was chosen the CM.

Then during the Rajasthan photo-op, Rahul presented the “united colours of Rajasthan”, ending speculation around factionalism in the party. Working out a compromise, he named Gehlot the CM and made Pilot the deputy CM.

In the Latest pic with Chhattisgarh leaders, Rahul has placed the importance on team work.

Quoting Reid Hoffman, his tweet said: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

An official announcement about Gandhi’s choice for Chhattisgarh chief minister will be made on Sunday, Chhattisgarh Congress state in-charge, PL Punia told ANI news agency.

“A meeting will be held at 12 pm tomorrow. Then we will inform (Chief Minister candidate for Chhattisgarh). Governor has given us the time of 4:30 pm on December 17 for the oath ceremony. So what’s the hurry?” PL Punia said.

Saturday witnessed the third round of discussion that the Congress chief has had to undertake to decide upon the matter.

Congress’s central observer Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC in-charge for party affairs in Chhattisgarh P L Punia were also present at the meeting.

The sources said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were also present at the Congress chief’s residence.

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