MP News: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently stirred political speculation by seeking public opinion on his leadership and the fate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during an event in Dindori.
Chouhan questioned the gathering about whether he should continue as Chief Minister and whether the BJP should remain in power both in the state and at the national level. He received positive responses from the audience, emphasizing the need for unity.
Pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
In response to Chouhan’s actions, the opposition Congress party accused him of trying to exert pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They claimed that Modi had stopped mentioning Chouhan’s name in his speeches, suggesting a sidelining of Chouhan within the BJP’s leadership.
There has been ongoing speculation in Madhya Pradesh’s political circles about the BJP’s top leadership potentially sidelining Chouhan ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections. The party has nominated several prominent figures as candidates, all seen as potential contenders for the Chief Minister’s position if the BJP retains power.
War of words:
Chouhan’s remarks led to a war of words, with Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath suggesting that the state BJP was facing internal frustrations. He pointed out that the battle between Modi and Chouhan could potentially escalate within the BJP, with ticket allocation causing further conflicts.
Addressing the gathering, CM Chouhan said, “I want to ask you whether I am running a good government or a bad government. So, should this government move ahead or not? Should Mama (as he is popularly called) become Chief Minister or not?” He also asked them if Narendra Modi should continue to be the country’s Prime Minister and whether the BJP should retain power (in the State and Centre).
When people answered him in the affirmative, he said, “So brothers and sisters, let’s make a resolution that we will support those who cooperate with us.” Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a Congress leader, had previously stated that Chouhan would not return as Chief Minister after the upcoming Assembly polls, adding to the political tension in the stat.
BJP’s frustration was at its peak:
Saturday, reacting to Chouhan’s statement, Kamal Nath, the Madhya Pradesh Congress chief said this showed that BJP’s frustration was at its peak in the state.
“First, PM Modi stopped mentioning the name of Chouhan and dropped him from the race for Chief Minister’s post. In response to this and to put pressure on the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister started asking people whether he should contest the elections or not and now he is directly asking whether Modi ji should be the Prime Minister or not,” On social media Kamal Nath said.
A war within BJP:
He said that in the war between the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister, a war within the BJP was certain. “Those who got the ticket are not ready to fight and those who are out of the race for the ticket are fighting with everyone,” he said.