Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath would be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday. Graciously accepting his party’s defeat, Nath’s predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while assuring he would continue to stay in the state and work for its people, has gone ahead and edited his bio on his Twitter account, winning hearts in the process.
Chouhan’s bio reads: “The Common Man of Madhya Pradesh”
He won from his traditional Budhni seat by a margin of 58,999 votes, defeating former Union minister and senior Congress leader Arun Yadav. Chouhan had won the seat in 2013 as well with a margin of 84,805 votes.
On his Twitter handle, while congratulating Kamal Nath for stepping into his shoes, Chouhan also said, “My best wishes are with Kamal Nath ji for working towards the development of the state. I will cooperate with him in developing the state and working for the public. However, if promises are not fulfilled, he should be ready for the backlash as well.”
Chouhan would be the Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. Earlier, the BJP’s state unit chief Rakesh Singh had offered his resignation from the post taking responsibility for the defeat in Assembly elections, said ANI. However, party chief Amit Shah did not accept Singh’s resignation, asking him to work harder instead.
The BJP won 109 seats in the 230-member Assembly. In 2013, it had won 163 seats in the Assembly polls.
The party could draw comfort from the fact that its vote share at 41 per cent was marginally higher than that secured by the Congress which bagged 40.9 per cent of the votes. The Congress got 114 seats, two less than the majority mark of 116.
During his 15-year-tenure in the office, Chouhan transformed himself from a shy, simple and vulnerable politician to a leader with mass appeal. Though the Congress linked him to the multi-crore Vyapam scam, he emerged unscathed. The CBI gave a clean chit to Chouhan.
The Vyapam scandal was an entrance examination, admission and recruitment scam that was unearthed in 2013. It involved politicians, senior and junior officials and businessmen systematically employing imposters to write papers, manipulate exam hall seating arrangements and supply forged answer sheets by allegedly bribing officials.