Chouhan completes seven years as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh
Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan has created a unique feat in the parliamentarian history of Madhya Pradesh by completing seven-year tenure as chief minister today.
Amid speculations in the corridor of power, Mr Chouhan took the mantle as chief minister on November 29, 2005 when the BJP government completed about two years under the chief ministership of Ms Uma Bharti and Mr Babulal Gaur.
Brushing aside all doubts, Mr Chouhan not only succeeded in marching forward towards his main goal of a total development of the sate, but also retained power by registering a thumping victory in 2008 assembly elections.
According political observers, no non-Congress chief minister had completed five-year term in the state. The BJP government had completed the term in the end of 2008 and created history by forming government for the second time and brought the state in the category of developing states.
He is now making efforts to ensure victory for the third time in a row in the assembly polls -- slated to be held next year -- through the party's programme -- "Mission 2013".
With the passing years, Mr Chouhan consolidated his position as a political leader and became more confident.
During chats, Mr Chouhan said notwithstanding the opposition's criticism, he is aiming to fulfill his dream of making the state a developed one and he is committed to achieving it through determination and conviction, the observers said.
"There is no doubt in it that at present Mr Chouhan is the only mass leader in the state as he achieved the stature by undertaking extensive tours and conducing rallies in all parts of the state. The huge gathering in his meeting is the ample proof of the Chief Minister's growing popularity and his successful implementation of several welfare-oriented schemes during his seven years rule," BJP state President Prabhat Jha said.
Mr Jha reiterated that the next year's assembly poll would be fought under Mr Chouhan's leadership and the party would set a new record by coming to power for successive third time.
He claimed that the coordination between the government and the organisation in Madhya Pradesh is better than other states which is an example for them.