Bhopal Should Shivraj Singh Chouhan again become chief minister of Madhya Pradesh? This question, asked by the leader himself during a public event, has created a sort of unrest within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has decided not to declare a CM in the state before the crucial assembly elections scheduled for late of this year. year.
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“I want to ask you if I am running a good government or a bad government. Should this government go ahead or not? Should Mom (as she is popularly called) become Prime Minister or not? Chouhan asked the crowd on Friday as she spoke at a program in the tribal-dominated Dindori district.
In the same vein, he also asked whether Narendra Modi should become Prime Minister again or not. The crowd responded to both questions with shouts of “yes.”
Chouhan, who is the longest-serving chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and has been in office since 2005, barring an 18-month period between 2018 and 2020, when the Congress was in power, has been making an emotional speech to the voters, occasionally even shedding tears. . Last week, during an event in his home district of Sehore, he appealed to women voters, saying: “You will not find a brother like me. You will remember me a lot when I am gone.”
Elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly are scheduled for later this year.
The BJP central leadership has decided to contest the elections on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while retaining the party’s chief ministerial candidate, something the party has done ahead of several state elections in the past. Senior leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his cabinet colleague and convenor of the party’s state election panel, Narendra Singh Tomar, have said in public that the next chief minister will be decided by the party after the elections.
In the three lists of candidates declared by the BJP for the upcoming elections, the party has not named Chouhan. Incidentally, the 78 names include heavyweight Union ministers like Tomar, Prahlad Singh Patel and Faggan Singh Kulaste, besides national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and several senior legislators, all of whom are seen as possible contenders for the CM post.
In a recent speech at a meeting in Indore, Vijayvargiya said, “I have not come here simply to become an MLA. The party will give me a greater responsibility than that.”
A senior BJP functionary, requesting anonymity, said unlike the 2008, 2013 and 2018 assembly elections, when Chouhan single-handedly led the party, this time the strategy is different.
“The party has decided to show collective leadership in Madhya Pradesh. This may be because after the 2018 assembly defeat and polls showing strong rejection of Chouhan, the party realized that it can no longer count on Chouhan for leadership,” he said.
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A second BJP said the party seems keen to break the monotony of established leadership not only in Madhya Pradesh but also in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, given its vision for the next 20-25 years. “Not without reason not only Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also other central leaders have not mentioned any plan launched by Chouhan in their speeches, not even Ladli Behna, which we believe can be a game-changer for the party,” he said. leader. he said, also refusing to be named.
BJP state secretary Rajneesh Agarwal, however, said media speculation about the chief minister has nothing to do with reality. “Our leaders have already made the party’s position clear. No one should have any doubt about leadership,” he added.
Political analyst and author Deepak Tiwari said the BJP leadership seems to be confused this time. “The fact is that Shivraj Singh Chouhan is one of the prominent leaders of the BJP in north India, who made the BJP a mass party…” Tiwari said. “Chouhan’s statement comes from his current position in the party, as he has been pushed against the wall.”