Will Shivraj Singh Chouhan become CM again?


According to some exit polls in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP seems to be forming the government once again. At the same time, claims of victory are also being made by the BJP. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on December 1, a day after the exit polls came out, that his party would win a landslide victory in the state assembly elections. He, however, refrained from giving a direct answer to a question on whether he would become the chief minister for the fifth time.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan avoided the question of the post of CM of Madhya Pradesh, saying, "Bharatiya Janata Party Zindabad."

Shivraj Singh Chouhan became CM for the first time in 2003.

His statement came a day after most exit polls projected the BJP ahead in Madhya Pradesh. This was the first time since 2003 that the BJP contested the November 17 assembly polls without projecting a chief ministerial candidate. The counting of votes will take place on Sunday.

"The BJP is heading for a thumping majority as the central and state government schemes have reached the people of Madhya Pradesh," Chouhan, the longest-serving chief minister of the state, told reporters here.

He said the central government's schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and the state government's Ladli Behna Yojana, under which women are being given financial assistance of Rs 1,250 per month, have been praised by the people.

"The double engine government has won the hearts of the people with its welfare and beneficial schemes and Madhya Pradesh has achieved progress and development," Chouhan said.

Asked if he would become chief minister for the fifth time, he only said, "Long live the Bharatiya Janata Party".

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Distinction of being the longest serving Chief Minister

On March 17 last year, Chouhan had become the longest-serving chief minister of the BJP in the country. He broke the record that was held by former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Madhya Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 77.15 per cent in the assembly elections, an increase of 2018.1 per cent from the 52 election.

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