Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Kamal Nath leaves after a meeting with party President Rahul Gandhi at his residence. (Source: PTI)

Kamal Nath Appointed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister

The Congress has chosen senior leader Kamal Nath, 72, as its chief minister in Madhya Pradesh after the party wrested power from the Bharatiya Janata Party after 13 years.

The decision was announced after a long day of meetings in New Delhi between Nath, the other chief ministerial candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia and party President Rahul Gandhi. The Congress chief, according to PTI, held marathon consultations with senior party leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, to select the chief ministers for newly won Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Nath’s name cropped up in testimonies of witnesses in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The Nanavati Commission probing the riots had not found evidence to bring charges against him.

A nine-time parliamentarian from the Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, he has been a three-time cabinet minister. Nath also served as the general secretary of Congress between 2001 and 2004.

The newly minted chief minister has been a Congress loyalist throughout his political career. He was elected as the president of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee in May 2018 after which he led them to victory in the state assembly elections.