Bhupesh Baghel is an Indian Politician and one of the prominent leaders of the Indian National Congress. He has served as an important minister in several state cabinets of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In several state assembly elections, he has played a key role in winning of his party.
Bhupesh Baghel was born on 23 August 1961 in Durg, Madhya Pradesh, India (Now in Chhattisgarh). Since childhood, he had a great interest in politics and under the guidance of his political guru, Chandulal Chandrakar, he began his political career in the early 1980s. In 1985, he joined the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and became the president of it in his district, Durg. In 1994, he became the vice-president of Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress.
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
Bhupesh Baghel was born to Nand Kumar Baghel who was a farmer and Bindeshwari Baghel.
Wife & Children
He is married to Mukteshwari Baghel, and the couple has four children.
In 1993, Baghel was elected to the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly for the first time from Patan constituency. He was re-elected to the assembly in 1998 and appointed as Minister of State (In Public Grievance Dept.) in the government of Digvijaya Singh. When Chhattisgarh came into existence in 2000, Baghel became the first Minister for Revenue, Public Health Engineering and relief work and remained until 2003. He became a member of Chhattisgarh legislative assembly in 2003 from the same constituency. From 2003 to 2008, he was the deputy leader of Opposition in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly. In 2004, he was the candidate for the Parliamentary election from Durg Lok Sabha Constituency but he lost the election. Again, in the 2009 general election, he stood against Ramesh Bais of BJP but lost. In 2014, he was appointed the State President of Congress. In 2018, he was the state chief Congress party in the assembly election in November.
Bhupesh Baghel contested and won the 2023 Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly elections from the Patan constituency; he won the election by a margin of 19,723 votes.
Sex CD Controversy
In October 2017, he was at the center of Sex CD Controversy. He faced the allegation of distributing of fake Sex CD containing the objectional footage of State Cabinet Minister Rajesh Munat. CBI found Baghel guilty and sent him to 14 days judicial custody.
Mahadev App Case
Bhupesh Baghel was clouded in controversy when his name was cropped up in the Mahadev betting app case in November 2023. On 3 November 2023, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) alleged that the app’s promoters, Sourabh Chandrakar and Ravi Uppal, paid bribes of Rs. 508 crores to Baghel. Hindustan Times Some sources, on the other hand, claimed that Shubham Soni, a key accused in the case, confessed in a video to making these payments to Baghel. India Today Soni further claimed that Baghel encouraged him to establish a gambling business in Dubai. Baghel, however, later responded to these allegations on social media and denied any connection with Soni. He, moreover, accused the ED of defaming him with baseless accusations.
आज कुछ समाचार चैनलों ने एक वीडियो दिखाया है जिसमें एक व्यक्ति यह दावा कर रहा है कि वह मुझसे मिला और मैंने उसे संरक्षण देने का आश्वासन दिया और उसे दुबई जाकर व्यवसाय करने का भी सुझाव दिया.
मुझे आश्चर्य है कि एक अनजान व्यक्ति के बयान को सभी ज़िम्मेदार टीवी चैनल किस आधार पर चला रहे…
— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) November 5, 2023
As in 2013, he has ₹2 Lakh as Bank Fixed Deposits, ₹25 Lakh as Bonds, Debentures, Shares, Jewellery worth more than ₹15 Lakh. His Net Worth is ₹8 Crore.
- For many years, Baghel has been organising the mass marriage ceremonies to promote marriages with minimum expenditure.
- He belongs to Manva Kurmi Chhatriya Samaj, so, he has been a patron of this Society since 1993.
- Baghel is the son-in-law of famous Hindi writer Dr. Narendra Dev Verma.
- His wife, Mukteshwari Baghel is the niece of spiritual leader Swami Atmanand.