Victorious parties in the Assembly elections in the five States — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgrah, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram — got down to the task of government formation on Wednesday. The Congress, which won in the three north Indian States, held meetings of its respective legislature parties and in each case authorised party president Rahul Gandhi to name his choice as chief minister.
The choices before Mr. Gandhi in Rajasthan veer between All India Congress Committee general secretary Ashok Gehlot and State unit president Sachin Pilot. A delegation of senior Congress leaders drove to Raj Bhavan late on Wednesday evening and staked claim before Governor Kalyan Singh, to form the government in the State. AICC general secretary in charge of Rajasthan, Avinash Pande, told reporters that a list of the party’s elected legislators as well as others supporting the Congress was handed over to the Governor.
In Madhya Pradesh, where the results were announced only on Wednesday morning after a see-saw battle, Congress numbers, just a little shy of majority, got a boost when Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced that she, with two MLAs in the State, will be supporting the Congress government. With the support of Independents in hand, Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath, front-runner for the Chief Minister’s post, along with Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, staked claim at the Raj Bhavan before Governor Anandiben Patel.
In Chhattisgarh, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP), in the presence of senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge as central observer, met to deliberate on who should be Chief Minister.
“It has been unanimously decided that the CM name will be picked by the Congress president. Mr. Gandhi had said that even if a resolution is passed unanimously, every MLA should be talked to and their opinions considered,” Mr. Kharge said, after the two-hour meeting. The final call will be taken in New Delhi where Mr. Kharge is expected to meet Mr. Gandhi on Thursday.
While that call is still being taken, The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which won a landslide in Telangana and the Mizo National Front (MNF), which triumphed in Mizoram, finalised preparations for the oath-taking ceremonies.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao was elected the TRS legislature party leader and will be sworn in at the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan in the afternoon invited MNF president Zoramthanga to form the government. The oath-taking ceremony will be held at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday.