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The Congress Legislature Party meeting in Chhattisgarh to find a successor for Ashok Gehlot as Chief Minister did not take place. However, senior Chhattisgarh Congress leader T S Singh Deo expressed hope for a change in leadership in his state, despite being subordinate to the high command’s decision.

In an interview, Singh Deo expressed his belief in the need for justice to be served.

Similar to the power struggle in Rajasthan, a conflict between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Deo has been ongoing in Chhattisgarh for years. This conflict intensified in July when Deo stepped down from crucial portfolios, citing reasons such as non-sanctioned funds under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

The central issue of the tussle between Baghel and Deo revolves around an informal agreement for rotational chief ministership made in December 2018. The party leadership had considered a leadership change in Chhattisgarh last August, but the status quo remained after a show of strength by Baghel camp MLAs.

Deo discussed the show of strength by Chhattisgarh Congress MLAs in Delhi, the rotational chief ministership formula, and his state of mind in an interview. He was unable to disclose details about the formula publicly, but emphasized his respect for the decision of the high command.

Regarding the disappointment of the leadership change not happening in Chhattisgarh, Deo acknowledged the decision of the high command and expressed his hope for change. He also addressed the show of strength by Baghel camp MLAs in Delhi, noting that the MLAs in Chhattisgarh would always respect the direction of the high command.

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