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Shivraj Singh Chouhan back in MP, takes charge as CM to start his fourth innings

Written by Milind Ghatwai
| Bhopal |

Updated: March 24, 2020 4:49:17 am

Shivraj Singh Chouhan with BJP chief Gopal Bhargava in Bhopal. (PTI)
Fifteen months after he stepped down from the facility seat in Bhopal, Shivraj Singh Chouhan returned Monday to take oath as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister for a document fourth time period.

Governor Lalji Tandon administered the oath of workplace Monday night time, hours after Chouhan was elected BJP Legislature Party chief.

Chouhan’s first essential check would be the Assembly bypolls to 24 seats — 22 held by Congress rebels who resigned and two which fell vacant following the dying of the MLAs (one every from THE Congress, BJP). The BJP has 107 members in the 230-member Assembly, so the bypoll outcomes can resolve whether or not its authorities stays or falls.

All eyes may even be on the Cabinet choice — whether or not Chouhan accommodates the Congress rebels, or chooses to wait until the bypolls are held.

The Congress, which received 114 seats in the Assembly polls final December and shaped the federal government with the help of 4 Independents, one SP and two BSP members, misplaced majority after 22 MLAs, led by former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, rebelled earlier this month.

Kamal Nath resigned as Chief Minister on March 20, earlier than going through the belief vote ordered by the Supreme Court.

After Chouhan’s oath-taking ceremony, Scindia, who has since joined the BJP, tweeted: “I am sure MP will reach new heights under your leadership.”

“We will work collectively for state’s progress and improvement,’’ Chouhan responded.

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Congratulating Chouhan, Kamal Nath, who attended the swearing-in, mentioned the BJP authorities ought to instantly announce a aid bundle for distributors, small merchants, staff and day by day wagers who will bear the brunt of the lockdown.

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress chief Digvijaya Singh was extra unsparing. “The individuals gave a verdict towards (him)… and to change his corrupt administration. The BJP used deceit and cash to hand over the state’s reins to him,’’ he mentioned.

After taking oath alone, Chouhan headed to the Secretariat, saying the coronavirus pandemic wanted pressing consideration. In a brief speech he mentioned: “We gave good governance for 15 years. We will give better governance and try to make amends for mistakes that we may have committed in the past.”

At the BJP Legislature Party assembly earlier, he requested cadres not to burst firecrackers or enterprise out of their properties.

“It’s not the time to celebrate but to tackle the coronavirus epidemic,” he mentioned. “There can be a change in the way in which the state is ruled,’’ he mentioned, including, “selections will communicate, works will communicate.’’

While Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was a powerful contender, the BJP appears to have chosen Chouhan for his expertise and recognition.

The BJP Legislature Party assembly was anticipated to be held Saturday, however it was postponed and not using a recent date being set. The assembly was instantly referred to as Monday, with the get together making it clear that it might take the opinion of legislators who couldn’t come to Bhopal on the telephone.

Amid the lockdown in most elements of the nation, a video convention was organized with the get together’s central observers.

Most BJP legislators who turned up for the assembly wore masks and sat on alternate chairs. The get together had warned cadres not to collect on the headquarters for the assembly.

Chouhan (61) was Chief Minister for 3 phrases — between 2005 and 2018. He was already the longest serving Chief Minister of the state, having served for over 13 years.

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