You are here : MPBLSkip Navigation Links>Home>News
SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend Bookmark and Share

News & Views




Sudhir k Singh
Modi shadow in Chouhan win
Posted: Friday, 13 Dec 2013 at 6:52 PM
Post a comment
Bhopal

With the BJP’s third successive smashing victory in the 2013 assembly poll, Madhya Pradesh seems well set to becoming another Gujarat, ie. a state in which saffron has struck deep root. This was the party’s second win with Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the driver’s seat. But lest it be forgotten, the BJP had swept to power in 2003 with Uma Bharti as leader. Her individual appeal as a sadhvi and nationalist was a boon. Chouhan owes a lot to her though the two can still barely suffer the sight of the other. Ten years ago the man who came to be known as “paoN paoN wale bhaiyya” (man on foot) lacked the political stature to give his party a flying start. 

Though Chouhan can now justifiably claim a sizeable share of the credit for the latest win, only the politically innocent or biased would deny that the Modi factor contributed much to the party’s rich haul of 165 of the 230 seats up for grabs, a sharp increase of 22 from 2008, and barely eight less than the record 2003 tally of 173. It is quite another matter that victories in successive by-polls between 2008-13 had further fortified the BJP’s strength in the House, making it a nice and round 150.

Three things contributed to the spectacular BJP win: Chouhan’s humble image coupled with his family friendly schemes like Ladli Laxmi Yojana, 10 per cent agricultural growth, and the endless UPA scams. Modi’s national appeal was the icing on the cake. Admittedly, the Modi factor was more a strong undercurrent than a mighty wave in MP in sharp contrast to Rajasthan where chief minister-elect Vasundhara Raja Scindia personally acknowledged the signal role of the party’s prime ministerial candidate in the landslide. Nevertheless a tally of 165 would have been virtually impossible to get without the geometrical progression in the popularity of the Gujarat ‘hriday samrat’.

Together these factors proved more than enough to circumvent anti-incumbency. Though there was considerable anger with BJP MLAs and ministers, Chouhan’s humane image saved the day. Not surprisingly as many as 11 ministers lost. Even the state’s 7-8 per cent Muslims who normally never vote BJP put their trust in Chouhan. 

The Congress has entirely itself to blame for its failure to put up a more respectable performance. Reduced to a rump of 37 in 2003, it’s tally at 57 was only slightly better, and much worse than 73 in 2008. Part of the blame could squarely be put at the door of the much  despised high command which refused to announce its candidate for CM till the eleventh hour. There is little which even a bright spark like Jyotiraditya Scindia could have done with a deeply divided house in which AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh was chipping away at the ground beneath his feet.

Not surprisingly, the Congress was trounced in every nook and cranny of the state barring the Vindhya region where its tally shot up from 2 to 11. Of the total 26 seats in the belt, the BJP still managed to hold on to 16. Everywhere else it was virtually swept away. THE END

0 Comment(s)

Be the first to comment

Post a Comment
Name Email  ID
Title
Maximum characters allowed
Comment
TERMS OF USE:
The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
  other headlines

Mined Out Of Korba
Posted: Monday, 4 Jan 2016 at 7:15 PM
A please-all surplus budget
Posted: Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 at 6:04 PM
Are MP farmers better off today than 5 years ago?
Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at 4:51 PM
Raghav ji's election year budget
Posted: Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 at 7:35 PM
Focus on small, medium industry, CM tells summit
Posted: Monday, 29 Oct 2012 at 2:52 PM
Paralysis, petrifaction, incompetence!
Posted: Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 at 1:20 PM
Industry: Condemned to play catch-up
Posted: Monday, 18 June 2012 at 6:32 PM
Farmers' protests a problem of plenty
Posted: Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at 3:08 PM
Army paying for Nehru's follies
Posted: Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 1:13 AM
A please all Budget which may please few
Posted: Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 at 10:59 PM
Electoral reforms hold the key
Posted: Monday, 20 Feb 2012 at 1:59 AM
More industry boosting measures approved
Posted: Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 at 7:57 PM
First make CBI a 'legal' entity
Posted: Saturday, 31 Dec 2011 at 11:55 AM
Police autonomy a must
Posted: Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 at 9:33 AM
Focus on good governance alone can check graft
Posted: Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 at 9:32 AM
'Caste' of service blight of Indian bureaucracy
Posted: Monday, 1 Aug 2011 at 5:04 PM
World Bank MD invites Shivraj to DC
Posted: Thursday, 23 June 2011 at 9:42 PM
Like a bad dream, SIMI resurfaces
Posted: Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 5:55 PM
Have Bhopal's gas NGOs become a vested interest?
Posted: Monday, 30 May 2011 at 11:05 AM
With PM's blessings, Bina refinery now a reality
Posted: Friday, 20 May 2011 at 9:45 PM

Archive

Mail this Page
Recipient(s) name :
(seperate by ; for multiple Recipient(s))
Recipient(s) email address :
(seperate by ; for multiple Recipient(s) email)
Your name :
Your email address :
Comments(optional) :
 
Feedback | Register | Contact Us | Privacy Policy
23 July 2017
Copyright © 2010, Madhya Pradesh Business Line. All rights reserved.

Developed & Designed By C-Net Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Bhopal (M.P.)