Baghel on outreach spree post-Singh Deo fiasco

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Raipur, 17 August. In what could be a fresh look at the way things are going around the ruling Congress dispensation after an outbreak of acrimonious events surrounding his friend turned rival T S Singh Deo, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has opted to go in for an outreach spree nowadays.

Chief Minister, in an apparent move to fathom the level of disgruntlement among the rank and file of the grand old party in the state after his ascension to the top executive position, has begun meeting District and Block Congress, presidents. He is not only trying to measure the organizational strength of the ruling party but also willing to delve deep into the ongoing development projects in the state through these long-awaited discussions with the party office bearers at the grassroots. He has so far, met the Congress office bearers from Raipur City, Raipur rural, and Mahasamund districts.

In addition, he has also begun to have a relook into his media outreach with one to one meetings with editors and representatives of vernacular and national media following a nationwide outrage against his government’s decision to take over a loss-making medical college and hospital in which his son in law allegedly has stakes. His high-profile media advisors and Public Relations amalgamation were caught unawares during the recent twin stalemate. Despite negligible negative coverage across the media platforms against his nascent regime, his media outreach has been appallingly poor which he had proudly handed over to local scribe Ruchir Garg and later also extended it to one Gaurav Dwivedi who also had a stint with Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.

Congress regime under his stubborn watch has been trying to suppress the conflicting reports concerning the 50-50 power-sharing formula between him and his one-time peer turned adversary T S Singh Deo who also happens to be the health minister in the Baghel cabinet. But the power corridors have been abuzz about the reported ‘deal’ betweenthe two leaders. The whispers turned from clamor to crescendo when a Baghel loyalist and Ramanujganj MLA Brihaspat Singh labeled sensational allegation against Singh Deo.

The imbroglio perhaps designed to score some brownie points by Brahaspat Singh blew the lid off a brewing disenchantment between the Singh Deo and Baghel. Crisis managers in the grand old party swung into action to dispel the fears of a vertical split in the Chhattisgarh Congress. AICC in charge of state affairs P L Punia was specifically asked by the top brass to pacify the frayed tempers in the warring sides. However, the intermittent standoffs exposed his government’s vulnerability for its rickety perceptional standing. His aides in the well-oiled government machinery and his team of advisors proved abysmally ineffective forcing the fiery leader to take charge of things.

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