Shivraj Singh Chouhan Wins Heart At Kamal Nath’s Oath
New Delhi: The newly elected chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath presented a glimpse of rare courtesy and grace in politics as BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the three-time Chief Minister of the state, took an active part in the event to pass the baton to his Congress successor. The 59 year old, fondly called “mama” by the people of his stage was invited on stage and was photographed with his successor and Jyotiraditya Scindia, their linked arms raised in jubilation.
The photo took place as Mr Chouhan’s party BJP was ripping in Mr Nath over the Delhi High Court verdict convicting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for involvement in the anti-Sikh riots after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.
“It is sad that the ’84 judgment has come on a day when a senior leader who Sikhs believe to be behind riots, is being made a minister,” said union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
Kamal Nath was the Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s choice for the post after steering the faction-ridden party to trounce the BJP, has said that there is no police case against him.
“I took oath in 1991 and several times after that, no one said anything. There is no case, FIR, or chargesheet against me. Today they are raking up this matter. You can understand politics behind this?” Mr Nath said.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan had stepped down from his post, after the counting of votes, taking sole responsibility for the party’s defeat in the state. The Bhartiya Janata Party was beaten by a narrow margin – 5 seats. However, the Congress fell short of majority by two seats and managed to reach the target with the support of Mayawati.
“Proud of Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Spirited fight. More votes; short of majority in a hung house; but no temptation for harakiri; graceful exit by submitting resignation. He won d hearts even in party’s sad electoral loss,” senior BJP leader Ram Madhav tweeted.