Last Updated: December 04, 2023, 21:41 IST
BJP MP Mahant Balaknath and Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on the first day of the Winter session of Parliament. (PTI)
Rajasthan Assembly Elections: Baba Balaknath, who defeated Congress’s Imran Khan from the Tijara seat, is seen as one of BJP’s strong choices for the CM face
A day after losing control of Rajasthan, a heavy political loss for the Congress party, Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury engaged in a light moment with BJP MP Baba Balaknath where a conversation about his potential CM candidature came up.
In a video shared by news agency ANI, Chowdhury can be seen teasing the BJP MP, who registered a huge victory on Sunday in Rajasthan Assembly Polls, as the future Chief Minister of the desert state.
The video shows Chowdhury looking at the cameras and jokingly introducing Balaknath as “Rajasthan ke Naye CM” (the new chief minister of Rajasthan). To this, the BJP MP smiles and greets his Congress colleague.
#WATCH | Winter Session of Parliament | Congress leader and LoP in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and BJP MP Yogi Balaknath share a light moment in the Parliament premises as Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says “Rajasthan ke naye CM ban rahe hai naa…” pic.twitter.com/G8B0TIH1xw— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2023
BJP leader Baba Balaknath, who defeated Congress’s Imran Khan from the Tijara seat by over 6,000 votes, is seen as one of BJP’s strong choices for the CM face.
However, Balaknath has so far remained non-committal over the possibility of his becoming the chief minister of Rajasthan, even as his name is doing the rounds for the top post after the saffron party’s emphatic victory.
Others in the chief ministerial race are believed to be Vasundhara Raje, Diya Kumari, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Samaram, Govind Prasad, Jaswant Singh Yadav, Mahendra Pal, and Meena Anita Bhadel who won the Rajasthan assembly election from their respective constituencies.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in Rajasthan on Sunday, winning 115 of the 199 seats that went to polls. The Congress, which was hoping to buck the trend of the incumbent being voted out in the desert state every five years, ended up winning 68 seats.