Bhupesh Baghel Indian politician and Current Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

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Bhupesh Baghel
Bhupesh Baghel, June 2018.jpg
3rd Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Assumed office
17 December 2018
GovernorAnandiben Patel
Anusuiya Uikey
Preceded byRaman Singh
Transportation Minister of Madhya Pradesh
In office
Chief MinisterDigvijaya Singh
Member of Legislative Assembly for Patan
Assumed office
Preceded byVijay Baghel
In office
Preceded byConstituency Established
Succeeded byVijay Baghel
Personal details
Born (1961-08-23) 23 August 1961 (age 59)
Durg, Madhya Pradesh, India
(now in Chhattisgarh, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Mukteshwari Baghel

Bhupesh Baghel (born 23 August 1961) is an Indian politician serving as the third and current Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.[1] He was president of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress.[2][3] He has been member of legislative assembly five times from Patan. He had been cabinet minister in undivided Madhya Pradesh in Digvijaya Singh government in late nineties.[4][1] He was first Minister for Revenue, Public Health Engineering and Relief Work of Chhattisgarh.[4][1]


Bhupesh Baghel was born on 23 August 1961 in Durg district.[1][4] He is the son of Nand Kumar Baghel and Bindeshwari Baghel. His family's primary occupation is agriculture.[5]

Personal life

He is married to Mukteshwari Baghel. They have one son and three daughters.[1]

Political career

Beginning and rise

Bhupesh Baghel started his political career from Indian Youth Congress and became member of All India Congress Committee, he was also the General Secretary, and Program Coordinator of Pradesh Congress Committee. He was elected to Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1993 for the first time from Patan, and was later elected five times from same seat.[4]

Baghel was appointed as Minister of State, Chief Minister related, Public Grievances Redressal (Independent Charge), M.P. Governance in Digvijay Singh’s cabinet in December 1998 and became Minister of Transport in December 1999.[4]

After the state of Chhattisgarh was formed in November 2000, he became member of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, and appointed as Minister, Revenue Rehabilitation, Relief Work, Public Health Mechanics under CG Governance. He again became MLA in 2003 state election from same seat. He lost the Patan assembly seat in 2008 elections. He also lost Parliamentary elections in 2009 from Raipur .[6]

He again won Patan Vidhan Sabha seat in 2013 election, and became Member of Working Committee, Chhattisgarh Assembly. In 2014-15, he became Member of Public Accounts Committee, CG Government.

President of Chhattisgarh Congress

He was President of state unit of Indian National Congress from October 2014 to June 2019.[7][8] After the state's top Congress leaders like Mahendra Karma, Vidya Charan Shukla, Nand Kumar Patel and 28 others were killed in the 2013 Naxal attack in Darbha valley,[9] Baghel played a very important role in reviving the party in the state.[10] He managed to sideline ex-Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi in state congress after Antagarh Assembly by-election audio tape row.[11][12]

Under his presidency Chhattisgarh Congress won the 2018 Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly election by a thumping majority.[13]

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Baghel became MLA from Patan assembly seat again and became the Chief Minister of the state defeating BJP’s Raman Singh, after leading the opposition in Chhattisgarh State Assembly for 15 years.[14][15] He took oath as chief minister on 17 December 2018. He was replaced by Kondagaon MLA Mohan Markam as PCC President in June 2019.[16][17]

Baghel fulfilled two major poll promises farm loan waiver and raising paddy support price by 50% in relatively quicker way, the order letter was released dramatically, within hours of oath taking ceremony, though actual money transfer to farmers took days, weeks and months in some cases.[18][19][20] Tendu patta collection prices were increased. Government took a major step away from shiksha-karmi (temporary teacher) policy and vacancy for posts of 15,000 permanent teachers was announced.[19]

Positions held

Year Position[21]
  • President: District Youth Congress Committee
  • Vice President: M.P. Youth Congress Committee (MP)
  • Member: M.P. Assembly Estimates Committee
  • Member: MP Consultative Committee of the Aviation Department of Legislative Assembly
  • Member: M.P. Food and Civil Supplies Corporation
  • Director: M.P. Housing Board
  • Member: M.P. Backward Classes Organization
  • Member: M.P. Sainik Board
  • Member: M.P. And CG Assembly Constituency Patan, District-Durg (MP)
  • Chairman: Public Participation Committee, Govt. College Bhilai-3
  • Guardian: Chhattisgarh Manwa Kurmi Samaj
  • Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Current Responsibilities

S.No Name Constituency Department[22] Party
1. Bhupesh Baghel
Chief Minister
  • Finance.
  • Mining.
  • General Administration.
  • Energy.
  • Public Relations.
  • Electronics and Information technology.

Welfare schemes

Narva, Garva, Ghurva, Bari

Bhupesh Baghel is the architect of this innovative scheme. The objective of this scheme is to revive the agricultural economy by striking a balance between modernity and traditions. The scheme has been launched to ensure water conservation, livestock protection and development, use of organic compost through household waste and cultivation of fruits and vegetables in backyards for self consumption and earning additional income.[23]

Upliftment of tribals

Repatriation of tribal land

Under an MoU signed between the then govt and Tata Steel in 2005, agricultural land was acquired from the local tribals 10 villages around Lohandiguda in Bastar region. Despite protests from the villagers, the govt went ahead with the acquisition to build a 5.5 million tonne per annum capacity mega integrated steel plant. Tata Steel decided to quit the project in 2016. Immediately after coming to power, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel took a decision to return 4400 acres of the land to 1707 tribal families. The land was returned to the immediate owners or their legal heirs as per the provisions of the 'Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 under the Section 101. Section 101 stipulates that if any land acquired remains underutilized for a period of 5 years from the date of taking over the possession the same shall be returned to the original owners of their legal heirs.[24]


Malaria Mukt Bastar

Malaria is a major public health concerns in India and major contributor to the malaria burden in South East Asia. Several factors contribute to the prevalence and incidences including socio-economic factors, geographical region, drug resistance. Bastar region of the state of Chhattisgarh has the highest Annual Parasite Incidence (API) (malaria) in India. Timely diagnosis due to limited infrastructure compounds the problem.

Launching the “Malaria Mukt Bastar” on 26 January 2020, the Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel pledged to make Bastar Malaria free in the coming days. In the first phase of the campaign, 14 lakh people were tested in Bastar, out of which 64,646 (4.60 percent) were found malaria infected. The second phase of the campaign started on 6 June and ended 31 July in which more than 23 lakh people have been examined. The process of medication of the victims has started.[25]

Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan

National Health Family Survey (NHFS)- 4 (2015-16), Chhattisgarh is one of the top states in India with high level of malnutrition and anemia among children and women. The scheme launched on 2 October 2019 on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150 birth anniversary aims to turn Chhattisgarh into malnutrition and anemia free state in the next three years.[26]


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  5. ^ "छत्तीसगढ़ के होने वाले CM भूपेश वधेल के गांव में नहीं था स्कूल, वो पढ़ने के लिए रहने लगे थे 30 KM दूर, अपना पहला चुनाव ही एक वोट से हारे थे वो". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 17 December 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
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  8. ^ "CG State assembly election 2018".
  9. ^ "झीरम घाटी में हुई थी 31 कांग्रेसी नेताओं की बर्बर हत्या, जानिए उस खौफनाक दिन से जुड़ी सारी बातें".
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  11. ^ "congress-expels-amit-jogi". The Hindu Business Line.
  12. ^ "Jogi-junior-faces-expulsion". Indian Express. 31 December 2015.
  13. ^ "CG State assembly election 2018". 12 December 2018.
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  15. ^ "After 15 years of BJP rule, Congress romps to victory". Firstpost.
  16. ^ Raipur, Rahul Noronha (12 July 2019). "All Power to the Tribe". India Today. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  17. ^ "mohan-markam-made-chhattisgarh-congress-chief". The Hindu. 28 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Baghel waives farmers' loan in Chhattisgarh". Deccan Herald. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  19. ^ a b Noronha, Rahul (5 April 2019). "A Winning Hand | Chhattisgarh". India Today. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Congress Governments in MP, Chhattisgarh Announce Farm Loan Waivers on Day 1". The Wire. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  21. ^ Verma, Sushil Kumar. "Who is Bhupesh Baghel?". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  22. ^
  23. ^ "नरवा, गरुवा, घुरुवा, बारी". the pioneer.
  24. ^ "Tribal Land Returned". The Times of India. 9 January 2019.
  25. ^ "मलेरिया मुक्त बस्तर". The New Indian Express. 26 January 2020.
  26. ^ "मुख्यमंत्री सुपोषण योजना". The New Indian Express. 19 July 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dr. Raman Singh
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
17 December 2018 - Present
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