Bharathiya Janatha Party returns in Madhya Pradesh. Shivraj Singh Chouhan becomes the chief minister of the state, a fourth time after the elected Congress government there fell 15 months into its tenure due to a rebellion in its party.
Bharathiya Janatha Party returns in MP
According to the sources, Chouhan was earlier in the day elected leader of the state BJP legislature party at its meeting here. The BJP leader was sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhawan here at 9 pm. Outgoing CM Kamal Nath was present at the ceremony too.
Amid Coronavirus outbreak, no BJP leader from Delhi traveled to Bhopal for the legislature party meeting. However, the party’s central observers Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe participated through video conferencing.
The political chaos at MP
The 61-year-old had stepped down after the Congress won a narrow majority in the December 2018 Assembly elections, after which the Kamal Nath government came to power. But that didn’t last long as the grand old party was stabbed by the rebellion of party colleague Jyodiraditya Scindia, who later joined the BJP.
Indeed, the resignations of 22 Congress MLAs forced Nath to resign as chief minister and make way for Chouhan’s return.
After making a return Chouhan thanked the MLAs and accused the outgoing Congress administration of “ruining” the state and said he would change the way of running the government from now.
The CM also declared the fight against the coronavirus as his top priority. “We will defeat this disease,” he said.
He informed that he will go to Mantralaya (state secretariat) after taking the oath and sit till late night to analyze measures taken to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.