Vishnu Deo Sai took the oath of office as Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh this evening. Arun Sao and Vijay Sharma, Mr Sai’s deputies, also took the oath of office. Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan administered the leaders’ oaths of office and secrecy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda, Uttar Pradesh president Minister Yogi Adityanath, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel were among those present at the swearing-in event in Raipur.
Earlier in the day, Mohan Yadav took his oath as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in the presence of Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah, and other officials.
The BJP came as a huge surprise with its selection of Chief Ministers and their deputies, balancing the caste dynamics in the three heartland states it recently won.
The BJP’s choice of tribal leader Vishnu Deo Sai in Chhattisgarh is consistent with the Prime Minister’s notion of a tribal Chief Minister for a state with a sizable tribal population. The party took all 14 seats in the tribal-dominated Surguja area, as well as eight of the twelve seats in Bastar.
Mr Sai’s two deputies are Arun Sao, a famous Other Backward Classes politician, and Vijay Sharma, a Brahmin.
Raman Singh, who has led the state administration for the past 15 years, has been appointed Speaker of the state legislature. He is likely to play an important role in the BJP’s general election campaign in 2024. Mr Singh is a significant party leader who represents the Rajput community.
With these critical choices, which came after more than a week of discussion, the BJP hopes to nip any factionalism in the bud.
Vishnu Deo Sai, not Ajit Jogi, is Chhattisgarh’s first tribal Chief Minister, according to the BJP. It has refuted Mr Jogi’s tribal status.
Ajit Jogi’s Scheduled Tribe designation was challenged in Chhattisgarh High Court, which ordered a probe by a committee.
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