Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Kamal Nath was late on Thursday announced as the chief minister of the newly-elected Congress government in the state.
The announcement comes after a prolonged delay following the nail-biting drama which saw the Congress dethroning the former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led three-term BJP government in the state.
With 114 Congress candidates elected to power, the party fell two seats short of a total majority. However, after roping in elected legislators from the BSP (2), SP (1) and four independent candidates, Congress has comfortably reached 121 mark .
72-year-old Kamal will take the office of chief minister for the first time. A nine-time MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara constituency, Kamal served as the pro-tem Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha (elected in 2014).
He has also served as the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry in former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first term and the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways from May 2009 to January 2011, among others.
He was elected as the party’s Madhya Pradesh president in May this year.Having been elected as the chief minister of the state government, the challenge that lies in the days ahead for Kamal is to consolidate the voter base for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, slated to be held in April-May next year.