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BJP’s Vishnu Deo Sai replaces Congress’s Bhupesh Baghel as Chattisgarh Chief Minister

Vishnu Deo Sai, a four-time Lok Sabha MP and three-time state BJP chief, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Raipur on Wednesday.

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Chhattisgarh’s candidature for CM and deputy was surprise; till the oath-taking ceremony, no one knew who was swearing in. Both the BJP and government officials had remained tight-lipped on the names of the two new deputy chief ministers until the oath-taking ceremony. Meanwhile, Mohan Yadav took his oath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. Rajendra Shukla and Jagdish Devda were sworn in as his deputies. Vishnu Deo Sai, a four-time Lok Sabha MP and three-time state BJP chief, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Raipur on Wednesday. Current state unit chief Arun Sao and Vijay Sharma, an organisational leader, were sworn in as the deputy chief ministers.

Mohan Yadav took the oath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday at Bhopal’s Lal Parade Ground. Rajendra Shukla and Jagdish Devda were sworn in as his deputies. Yadav was a former education minister and three-time MLA from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain South. While Devda belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Shukla has emerged as the undisputed Brahmin face in the Vindhya Pradesh region. Among the attendees were all BJP bigwigs like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and other central ministers. They will also head to Raipur later.

Mohan Yadav has been associated with the RSS for a long time, thus edging out senior BJP leaders in the CM race. He is a three-time MLA from Ujjain South. A father of three children, Yadav has a diverse academic background, having secured a range of degrees: BSc, LLB, MA, MBA, and PhD. Yadav has been known as a proponent of Hindutva. He has also been embroiled in various rows in his political career. During his campaigning for the November polls, Yadav triggered a controversy when he asked the Congress leaders what their worth was.

The Congress, including ex-minister Sajjan Singh Verma, had accused Yadav of allegedly influencing the Ujjain Municipal Corporation to change the master plan of the city so that the lands held by his family were turned into residential areas in July 2023.

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