Bhupesh 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
3rd Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Assumed office
17 December 2018
GovernorAnandiben Patel
Anusuiya Uikey
Preceded byRaman 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 58)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Mukteshwari Baghel


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

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Mukteshwari Baghel. They have one son and three daughters.[1][6]

Political careerEdit

Beginning and riseEdit

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 .[7]

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 CongressEdit

He was President of state unit of Indian National Congress from October 2014 to June 2019.[8][9] 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,[10] Baghel played a very important role in reviving the party in the state.[11] 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.[12][13]

Under his presidency Chhattisgarh Congress won the 2018 Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly election by a thumping majority.[14] He himself became MLA from Patan assembly seat again and became Chief Minister of the state. He took oath as chief minister on 17 December 2018. He was replaced by Kondagaon MLA Mohan Markam as PCC President in June 2019.[15][16]

Chief Minister of the ChhattisgarhEdit

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.[17][18][19] 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.[18]

Naxal attack in April 2019, which claimed five lives including one opposition MLA Bhima Mandavi, shocked the government.[20]

Welfare SchemesEdit

Narva, Garva, Ghurva, BariEdit

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.[21]

Mukhyamantri Suposhan YojnaEdit

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 2nd Oct 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.[22]


Malaria Mukt BastarEdit

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 26th 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 June 6 and ended July 31 in which more than 23 lakh people have been examined. The process of medication of the victims has started.[23]


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  6. ^ दिल्ली, टीम डिजिटल/हरिभूमि (15 December 2018). "Chhattisgarh News | भूपेश बघेल की जीवनी : पत्नी, परिवार, संपत्ति से लेकर सीडी कांड तक जानें सबकुछ- हरिभूमि, Haribhoomi". (in Hindi). Retrieved 14 November 2019.
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  8. ^ "Bhupesh Baghel MLA of PATAN Chhattisgarh contact address & email".
  9. ^ "CG State assembly election 2018".
  10. ^ "झीरम घाटी में हुई थी 31 कांग्रेसी नेताओं की बर्बर हत्या, जानिए उस खौफनाक दिन से जुड़ी सारी बातें".
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  13. ^ "Jogi-junior-faces-expulsion". Indian Express. 31 December 2015.
  14. ^ "CG State assembly election 2018". 12 December 2018.
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  17. ^ "Baghel waives farmers' loan in Chhattisgarh". Deccan Herald. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  18. ^ a b 5 April, Rahul Noronha New Delhi; April 15, 2019 ISSUE DATE; April 5, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 14:50. "A Winning Hand | Chhattisgarh". India Today. Retrieved 27 April 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ "Congress Governments in MP, Chhattisgarh Announce Farm Loan Waivers on Day 1". The Wire. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Dantewada Naxal Attack LIVE: CM chairs high-level meet; directs forces to respond to Naxals". The Indian Express. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  21. ^ "नरवा, गरुवा, घुरुवा, बारी". the pioneer.
  22. ^ "मुख्यमंत्री सुपोषण योजना". The New Indian Express. 19 July 2020.
  23. ^ "मलेरिया मुक्त बस्तर". The New Indian Express. 26 January 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dr. Raman Singh
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
17 December 2018 - Present

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