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Shivraj Singh Chouhan Returns as Prime Minister of Madhya Pradesh | Bhopal News


BHOPAL: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, affectionately called ‘Mamaji’, returns again for the fourth time as Prime Minister after a 20-day political dispute between the BJP and the ruling Congress that ended on March 20 with the resignation of Kamal Nath.

Throughout the political turmoil in Madhya Pradesh, which focused on former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chouhan remained in the main frame and kept in touch with Scindia and its 22 rebel MLAs until they left Congress to join the BJP.

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Chouhan had been constantly claiming that the Congressional government would collapse under its own weight, which ultimately turned out to be true.

During the 15-month term of office of the state government led by Kamal Nath, Chouhan remained active throughout the state to address all matters related to the public with the ruling Congress.

He also spearheaded the Supreme Court petition against the Kamal Nath government’s refusal to take a floor test.

In the 2018 assembly elections, Chouhan lost the battle to Congress by a slim margin. The three-term head of government, who the villagers called “Paon Paon Wale Bhaiya” (an infantryman), had predicted BJP’s victory. But the saffron match fell short by 7 seats for a simple majority on its own.

With a carefully cultivated image of a family man coupled with simplicity, Chouhan, 60, led the BJP campaign, presenting himself as one among the people, promising further development. Working assiduously on the image of his “son of the ground,” the soft-spoken leader readily identified with the socioeconomic concerns of farmers, villagers, and commoners. He kept a low profile, ignoring comparisons to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but focused on MP.

“I am the main surveyor (interviewer) since I remain in the middle of the public all day. The BJP will win, “Chouhan had said during his 2018 election campaign, and also gave the winning number to more than 200 seats with a slogan:” Abki baar, 200 pairs (this time, more than 200 seats).

At the end of a cliffhanger, BJP obtained 109 seats in the 230-member assembly. It had won 163 seats in the 2013 assembly polls. However, the BJP was comforted by the fact that its 41% vote share was marginally higher than that guaranteed by Congress, which scored 40.9 percent. percent of the votes. Congress won 114 seats, two fewer than the majority mark of 116.

During his 15 years in office, Chouhan transformed from being a shy, simple, and vulnerable politician to a cunning leader with massive appeal. Although Congress tied Chouhan to the multi-million Vyapam scam, he was unhurt. The CBI gave him a clean token.

Born on March 5, 1959 to a farming family of Prem Singh Chouhan and Sundar Bai Chouhan in Jait village in Sehore district, Chouhan’s political journey began with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) when he was just 13 years old.

Chouhan’s leadership skills first emerged when he was elected president of the Model Union High School student union in 1975. He participated in the underground emergency movement and was imprisoned during 1976-77 and also on many other occasions for political unrest. for public reasons

Volunteer with the RSS since 1977, Chouhan is a gold medalist in Master of Philosophy at the University of Barkatulla in Bhopal. Chouhan replaced Babulal Gaur as prime minister on November 29, 2005 and remained in the chair from then on without reply until the party’s defeat in the fighting in December 2018. He also served as the BJP secretary general and president of the unit of MP of the party.

Chouhan was first elected to the state assembly by the Budhni constituency in 1990. He was first elected to Parliament in the Vidisha constituency the following year. He was re-elected to the seat in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. He won his fifth Lok Sabha election with an impressive margin of over 2.60,000 votes.

However, his fortune would take another turn two years after the BJP, led by ardent Sanyasin politician Uma Bharti, swept away the polls from the state assembly in 2003. At that time, Chouhan contested the polls unsuccessfully against the current chief minister. Digvijay. Singh of Raghogarh. Soon Bharti resigned and Gaur became Prime Minister in 2004, only to be replaced by Chouhan the following year.

Chouhan’s Ladli Laxmi Yojna, Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojna, Mukhya Mantri Teerth Darshan Yojna, bicycle scheme for school-age children, Re 1 per kg of rice and Rs 2 per kg of wheat and the Sambal Yojna offering electricity for Rs 200 by some other states. However, some of the schemes were discarded and renamed by the current congressional regime.

Chouhan also won successive assembly elections in 2008 and 2013, where he emerged as the undisputed leader of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. He hatched the BJP governments in 2013 and won praise from the party’s top leaders. Chouhan rehearsed the role of a star activist for the BJP in all assembly elections, from 2008 to 2018, where he is still a unanimous leader for the party in MP.

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