New Delhi: BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in for the fourth time as Prime Minister of Madhya Pradesh in Raj Bhavan, Bhopal on Monday evening (March 23). The 61-year-old MLA from Budhni was sworn in by the governor Lalji Tandon in a simple function at 9 p.m. Chouhan was the only one to take the oath and is likely to name his cabinet later this week.
In the early evening, Shivraj Singh Chouhan was elected chairman of the BJP legislature at his meeting in Bhopal and reached Raj Bhawan to claim the right to form a government and to complete other formalities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Shivraj Singh Chouhan on his oath as Prime Minister of Madhya Pradesh and expressed his best wishes to lead the state to new heights of progress.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by outgoing Prime Minister Kamal Nath, who lost power in just 15 months after an uprising of 22 MLAs by Congress.
Former Prime Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti was also present in the role that was not open to the media.
BJP-MLAs, most of whom wore masks, reached Raj Bhawan from the BJP office in three buses amid the fear of the corona virus. Some BJP leaders accompanied these MLAs, which were a blitzing victory.
In the early evening, the BJP legislative party unanimously elected Madhya Pradesh Chouhan as its chairman. Senior BJP-MLA and ex-opposition leader Gopal Bhargava proposed the name Chouhan as party leader, which was approved by Narottam Mishra, Vijay Shah, Meena Singh, Paras Jain and other MLAs.
Following this process, the party’s central observer, Secretary General Arun Singh, who attended a video conference from Delhi, announced Chouhan’s name as chairman of the BJP Legislative Party.
Shortly after taking the oath as the 32nd Prime Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan got to work late Monday evening and held a meeting with officials to review steps to curb the spread of the corona virus, its first major challenge.
Chouhan immediately went to Mantralaya (State Secretariat) and, after praying in the complex, took over the management of his office and chaired the meeting. In particular, the state has reported seven positive coronavirus cases so far. At the meeting with top officials, he checked the state’s willingness to fight COVID19.
Chouhan, known among his followers as “Mamaji”, has been sworn in as Prime Minister three times – in 2005 after Uma Bharti resigned because of a riot and later for two full terms in 2008 and 2013.
After Chouhan failed to win a majority in the November 2018 general election, which was a highly competitive issue between the BJP and Congress, he was forced to resign as CM on December 12, 2019. The BJP (109 seats) lost the election, although it received more votes than the congress, which turned out to be the largest single party with 114 seats.
In the 230-member building, the BJP currently has 107 legislators. The strength of the congress was reduced from 22 of its MLAs to 92 after the resignation. The BJP currently has the majority of 107 MLAs and is likely to receive independent, BSP and SP MLAs support.
Chouhan was born on March 5, 1959 to a farming family of Prem Singh Chouhan and Sundar Bai in the village of Jait in the Sehore district. His long journey in public life began with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) when he was only 13 years old.
During his decades of political career, Shivraj Singh has held various party positions as well as an MLA, MP and eventually became Prime Minister.