‘Need to win by-polls to become permanent CM’: Chouhan

Chouhan has been on a spree of announcing and dedicating development works

chouhan-in-gwalior (File) Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that he was a temporary CM and needed to win seats in by-polls to become permanent.

At an event in Barod of Agar Malwa district, where by-polls for Agar seat is to be held, Chouhan laid foundation stones and dedicated completed development works worth Rs 78 crore.

The four-time chief minister said that he will be able to complete the development works only if he becomes the permanent chief minister. “As of now, I am a temporary chief minister. If we do not win by-poll seats, the post of chief minister will remain temporary. Tell me, don’t you want mama (as Chouhan is popularly called) to become a permanent chief minister? For that, we have to win Agar and BJP has to get love and support all across the state,” Chouhan said.

The chief minister has been on a spree of announcing and dedicating development works in the by-poll-bound regions of the state. After a four-day intensive tour of 13 assembly seats in Gwalior-Chambal region, the CM has hit the other regions and has been visiting different constituencies for the past few days.

The CM also said that he did not want to become chief minister just to adorn the golden chair of power, rather he wanted to make the future of Madhya Pradesh and its people golden by serving them.

In his usual style, he attacked the Congress government and ex-chief minister Kamal Nath, saying that the Vallabh Bhavan (state secretariat) had been turned into a den of brokers. As soon as BJP returned to power, development works started.

He reiterated that the recruitments to government jobs like police, teachers and health personnel will be started soon. He also said that people will have to pay power bills for only one month from the next bill cycle while the pending amount will be paid by the government. The CM also talked about women empowerment through provision of loans to women self-help groups.

Chouhan said that the government is not happy with the crop insurance amount (for damaged crops) decided by the insurance companies and that the government has asked the companies to re-calculate the amount on the basis of a survey.

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