Election, Madhya Pradesh, Politics

Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s regime, a mixed bag for state

Madhya Pradesh assembly election, which is a litmus test for incumbent Bhartiya Janta Party and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too, is witnessing several political shifts every day. The contest has been turned into a multipolar competition, where Congress is leading the opposition along with the debutants Samanya Pichra Alpsankhyak Kalyan Samaj (SAPAKS) and Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti (JAYS).

Flashback, after a decade of Congress rule from 1993 to 2003, BJP came into power under the leadership of senior BJP leader Uma Bharti in 2003, however after sometimes, she resigned from the Chief Minister’s post and Babulal Gour took the charge, but due to internal disputes within the government and party, Shivraj Singh Chouhan got the opportunity and became 17th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in November 2005.

Since from the inception of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s leadership, BJP has dominated in the state’s politics, gaining an average of 70% of assembly seats over last two state elections.

However, several scams also evolved in his regime’s including Dumper scam, Vyapam scam and E-tendering scam.

Development of Madhya Pradesh

As a fact, from roads to electricity, BJP started providing every facility to the public of Madhya Pradesh. Till 2003, Madhya Pradesh faced power shortage and Gujarat had surplus power. And currently, the condition is totally opposite. Madhya Pradesh has become the largest seller of electricity in the nation and Gujarat is purchasing power from Madhya Pradesh.

When Shivraj Singh Chouhan entered in the government, he focused on agriculture and as a result, five times in a row, Madhya Pradesh won Krishi Karman Award from 2013 to 2018.

Apart from electricity and agriculture, the condition of roads, the health care system and other major facilities witnessed a massive upliftment during Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s regime.

Controversies around Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who always believed in development, had faced several controversies over various issues. Soon after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vyapam Scam evolved and every person across the globe got to know about the whole issue. Before the Vyapam scam, illegal sand mining declined Shivraj’s image in the state and also raised doubts over the administration of Madhya Pradesh. Farmers’ distress and Mandsaur’s killing across the state made a proper platform for Congress to showcase the anger of agrarian community towards BJP.

As per the sources, the combination of farmer protests, SC/ST tensions, anti-incumbency towards BJP and Shivraj Singh Chouhan could offer hope to the major opposition Congress.

The state will go to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will be held on December 11.

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