Raipur: The BJP central leadership announced Vishnu Deo Sai as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, bringing an end to the suspense surrounding the state's leadership. The decision was made after a crucial meeting of the BJP's newly-elected 54 MLAs in Raipur.
Upon being chosen as Chhattisgarh CM, Vishnu Deo Sai expressed his commitment to fulfilling the promises made by the BJP to the state's people under "Modi ki guarantee." The first order of business for the Chhattisgarh government will be to approve 18 lakh houses for beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, he added. The BJP's election manifesto, titled 'Modi ki Guarantee 2023,' outlined the party's commitments. During the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, the BJP did not declare a CM face. The party secured a landslide victory, winning 54 out of the total 90 seats.
Following the BJP's victory, Bhupesh Baghel resigned as the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister on December 3. On Sunday, Baghel congratulated Vishnu Deo Sai on his selection for the CM post, expressing his hope that Sai would lead the state towards justice and progress. Sources indicated that two Deputy Chief Ministers would be appointed in Chhattisgarh. Before the meeting, senior BJP leader Raman Singh mentioned that the Deputy CM would be appointed "along with others."
Vishnu Deo Sai, who won the Kunkuri Assembly seat with 87,604 votes, served as a former BJP state chief. He was considered the party's top choice for the CM post, especially as a tribal face. His political career includes roles such as Union Minister of State for Steel in the First Modi ministry and Member of Parliament for the Raigarh constituency of Chhattisgarh in the 16th Lok Sabha. From 2020 to 2022, he served as the BJP Chhattisgarh chief.