Bhupesh Baghel: The 'Sanjivani' made for Congress between the desperation of defeat

Bhupesh Baghel: The 'Sanjivani' made for Congress between the desperation of defeat

One of the biggest characters in Chhattisgarh's current politics is Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Bhupesh Baghel is also the President of the State Congress Committee. In the state, for 15 years, the Congress, who used to make power, has made history in the 2018 assembly elections. In this election, the Congress won 68 out of 90 seats. For the first time after becoming a state, any party got so much support. Chief winner of this victory of Congress, Bhupesh Baghel has been considered and he has been appointed as the head of the Congress party's state government.

In Chhattisgarh, PCC president Bhupesh Baghel proved to be a resilience to the desperate Congress, which lost its hat-trick in 2013. The result of Chhattisgarh assembly election 2018 has increased their stature at the national level. Let's take a look at the social and political journey of Baghel till now.

Bhupesh Baghel, son of Nandkumar Baghel and Vindeshwari Devi Baghel was born on August 23, 1961 in Patan tehsil of Durg district. Bhupesh's father Nandkumar Baghel has also been active in politics. Bhupesh and his wife Mukteshwari Baghel have three daughters Smita Baghel, Deepti Baghel and Divya Baghel and a son Chaitanya Baghel. In the Kurmi society, they get a lot of support. Bhupesh Baghel is known throughout the whole of Chhattisgarh for the fast paced politics and absurd style. They are quite fame for aggressive skills on farmers' issues.

Youth Congress Begins Career
In 1985, Bhupesh Baghel won the Youth Congress. When Vidhan Sabha elections took place in Madhya Pradesh in 1993, he was elected MLA from Patan assembly for the first time. After this he won the next election also by Patan, in which he defeated BJP's Nirupama Chandrakar. After this, when Digvijay Singh's government was formed in Madhya Pradesh, Bhupesh Baghel became the first cabinet minister.

Bhupesh Baghel has been the President of District Youth Congress Committee Durg (Rural) from 1990-94. Elected Vice-President of Madhya Pradesh Congress in 1994-95 In 1999, Transport Minister of Madhya Pradesh Government and from 1993 to 2001, Bhupesh Baghel took over the responsibility of Director of Madhya Pradesh Housing Board.

In 2000, when Chhattisgarh became a state after being separated from Madhya Pradesh and the Congress government was formed, Bhupesh was the cabinet minister in the Jogi sarkar. Bhupesh Baghel got huge responsibilities like the Revenue Ministry. When Congress was out of power in 2003, Bhupesh was made Deputy Leader of Opposition. In the assembly elections held in 2003, they won by Patan. In 2008, Bhupesh defeated BJP's Vijay Baghel. Then in the year of 2013, he defeated Vijay Baghel by winning Patan and won. After this he was made the Chhattisgarh Congress President.

Sanjivani made for Congress
In December 2013, Congress High Command, Bhupesh Baghel, leader of the powerful and aggressive image made the PCC chairman. Congress workers were desperate and disappointed after the third consecutive defeat in the assembly elections this time. After this, Bhupesh Baghel has again started recharging the workers by opening a front against the BJP government. Again, the issue of reduction of Ration Card or purchase of farmers' paddy and issue of bonus, whether it is opposed to the sterilization scandal or standing with the victims of chitfund companies, Bhupesh has put the Congress on the road against the government.

The cases of alleged corruption were highlighted one by one, in the way they openly challenged powerful bureaucrats, they changed the image of Congress in the state. However, in the meantime, the land scam, a minister's sex CD scandal was also targeted on the target of Bhupesh Govt. When he was taken on a judicial remand in a CD case, he refused to accept bail after having secured sections, and he had to stay in jail for a few days before the assembly elections in 2018. Later, on the request of top party leaders, they applied for bail.

Action against Jogi
In the year 2014, in the case of purchase of Congress candidate's purchase in the Antagarh bye election, Bhupesh Baghel encroached his own party leader Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi and then expelled Amit Jogi from the party, after this assumption in the state. It became that he would be 'courageous' leader. Because the first Congress party used to work two factions Congress and the other Jogi Congress. Congress veteran did not speak candidly against Jogi.

Instant judgment
Within a few hours of forming the government, the state government decided to waive the farmers' debt and buy paddy at a rate of 2500 rupees per quintal as per the promise made in the Jan Praise Letter. Then after a few days, the decision to return the land of tribal farmers acquired for Tata Steel Plant in Lohandiguda of Bastar. Coming to government in Chhattisgarh, Congress stopped the Communal Revolution plan of the former government. In addition, 4 thousand 493 brakes on development works.

As the Congress government came to power, the SIT was formed to investigate the Ziram massacre, non-scandal, and Antagarh Tappunk. IPS, Mukesh Gupta, Rajnesh Singh were suspended in the case of Nan scam. In the case of Antagargarh, an FIR was registered against big and popular names like former CM Dr Raman Singh's son-in-law Punit Gupta, former minister Rajesh Murat, former CM Ajit Jogi, Amit Jogi, Mantu Panwar. Another FIR has been registered on Dr. Punit Gupta, in connection with the alleged fraud of Rs 50 crore in DKS Hospital.


'One Man Army' made in Lok Sabha elections
After the bumper victory in the Assembly elections, Bhupesh Baghel in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 was almost in the role of the army for the Congress and the Man Army. Polling took place on 11, 18 and 23 April in Chhattisgarh in three phases. One day Rahul Gandhi came for campaigning before the third phase of polling. Apart from these, no big names other than Navjos Singh Sidhu did not come in the big leaders of the national stature. Bhupesh Baghel has been campaigning for the Smokhindhra rally and meetings till the voting in the Lok Sabha elections. Nearly every seat they are present themselves during the nomination of Congress candidate. After the election in the state, they are continuously campaigning in UP and Madhya Pradesh.

Report by News18 Hindi


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