As Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for a second successive term
Bhopal: Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who brought BJP back to power in Madhya Pradesh staving off anti-incumbency and banking on politics of development, was on Friday sworn-in as Chief Minister for a second successive term. Watched by a galaxy of top party leaders including BJP chief Rajnath Singh, Mr. Chauhan, 49, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Balram Jakhar, marking a high-point in the three-decade-old career of a politician who had taken over the reins of the party in the State at a critical time following the resignation of Uma Bharti. Mr. Chauhan was the only person to take oath and he would expand his Ministry later.
Besides Rajnath Singh, Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled States Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh), B. C. Khanduri and their counterparts from Bihar (Nitish Kumar), Punjab (Parkash Singh Badal) and Orissa (Naveen Patnaik) were also present on the occasion.
BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and film actor and Rajya Sabha MP Hema Malini provided a tinge of glamour to the function held at the Jamboori Maidan where the BJP had organised a rally in September to take a vow to bring the party back power.
Eminent music director Ravindra Jain sang bhajans before the swearing and an all-religion prayer meeting was also held.
A five-time Lok Sabha member from Vidisha constituency, Mr. Chauhan, an OBC leader, took over as Chief Minister for the first time in 2005 with little experience in administration and went on to prove everyone wrong by not only running the State successfully but also helping the BJP storm back to power.
Starting his electoral politics by winning the Budhni Assembly seat in 1990, Mr. Chauhan, however, quit the seat on November 23, 1991 to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Vidisha. Always known as a politician associated with grassroots, Mr. Chauhan was elected as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on November 29, 2005 following the resignation of Ms. Bharti in the wake of a Karnataka court indicting her.
The victory in the current elections was specially sweet for him coming as it did in the face of charges of corruption against him levelled by the main opposition party, the Congress.
Mr. Chauhan was successful in carving an image for himself as the common man’s Chief Minister which he always used to say by describing as one among them, a farmer’s son. -- PTI