Despite his party keeping the face of CM in Chhattisgarh close to its chest, Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, on two different occasions, has predicted two different leaders from the party to become the next CM of the state.
At a rally at Ambikapur, the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs in the Punjab government hinted that CLP's TS Singh Deo could very well be the next CM of the state, given party president Rahul Gandhi has a lot of faith in him.
"I am not here to ask anything for my big brother (TS Singh Deo). In the market, you get 2 in 1, 3 in 1. But he is all in one. He is all in one for CLP. This manifesto is also created by him only. Whatever that is given to the farmers has been made by him only. The people of this country may not trust PM Modi, but Rahul Gandhi has a lot of trust in his CLP leader. And you never know 'lal batti' may well be on his car soon," he said.
His comments hinting that the CLP leader could be considered for CM's post is surprising to say the least, given only a couple of days back, he had clearly stated that close aide of Rahul Gandhi and former Union Minister Charandas Mahant will become the CM should his party come to power.
Speaking at a rally in Jangir Champa district of in the state, the former cricketer-turned politician said, "When you win here, I will come here to congratulate you. And it is possible that the MLA of this area may very well be the CM of the state. It is very possible."
Elections in Chhattisgarh were to be held in two phases, of which the first phase for 18 seats took place on November 12. A 70% voter turnout was recorded in a state which was hit with Maoist and Naxal attacks prior to the polls.
The second phase of election will take place on November 20, and the result will be announced on December 11.