New Delhi, Dec 13: Congress President Rahul Gandhi managed to broker peace between Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia after hours of meeting with them. Sources told News24 that Rahul has okayed Kamal Nath's appointment as CM and is likely to take oath on December 15. The official announcement is likley to be made after the meeting of MLAs scheduled for 10 pm in Bhopal. As signs of truce, Scindia's posters have been removed from the Congress office in Bhopal. Sources said that Scindia has finally agreed to Nath's name."I am leaving for Bhopal. A meeting of MLAs will be held and you will get to know the decision after that," Kamal Nath told reporters outside Gandhi's residence.Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, the other contender for the post who also met Gandhi, said the decision will be announced on Thursday night."It is not a race, it is not about kursi. We are here to serve the people of Madhya Pradesh. I am leaving for Bhopal and you will get to know the decision today," he said.After hours of hectic deliberations over selection of chief ministers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi late Thursday evening tweeted a smiling picture with Madhya Pradesh chief ministerial contenders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia and quoted Leo Tolstoy to say that the two most powerful warriors are patience and time."The two most powerful warriors are patience and time," he tweeted quoting Leo Tolstoy.
Kamal Nath leads the race for chief ministers post in Madhya Pradesh and his name appears to have been cleared by the party high-command but will be announced later at night in Bhopal.Jyotiraditya Scindia also tweeted the same picture saying there is no race for chief minister in Madhya Pradesh and the issue is to serve the people. He said the chief minister of the state would be announced soon."It is not a race, it is not about kursi (chair), we are here to serve the people of Madhya Pradesh. I am leaving for Bhopal and you will get to know the decision (on chief minister) today," Scindia tweeted.Kamal Nath also said that he was leaving for Bhopal, where the announcement of the chief minister will be made later tonight.In Bhopal a meeting of the Congress legislature party is slated around 10 PM, where the announcement will be made.Nath and Scindia held separate meetings with Rahul Gandhi, where UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was also present.Gandhi earlier held a flurry of meetings with senior party leaders, including central observer A K Antony and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Deepak Babariya, before deciding on the chief minister.
News24 bureau/ Agencies