BJP meet in Bhopal today, Chouhan may be elected legislature party chief

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: With the factional feud in Congress putting a question mark on the Madhya Pradesh government, there is speculation that former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan may be elected BJP legislature party chief in place of Gopal Bhargava in a legislators’ meeting in Bhopal on Tuesday.

The rumours gained pace after reports suggested that governor Lalji Tandon, who was in his hometown Lucknow for Holi, will return to Bhopal on Tuesday.

Chouhan met Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief J P Nadda on Monday and is learnt to have discussed the party strategy after Congress’s
Jyotiraditya Scindia raised the banner of revolt. Chouhan and Nadda were joined by party functionaries from MP and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and they had a long meeting with Shah at the latter’s residence.

According to sources, Chouhan will be elected legislature party head and BJP will immediately seek a floor test. CM
Kamal Nath is to present the budget on March 16 and Chouhan will move a no-confidence motion the same day.

Sources said Scindia had met senior BJP functionaries in Delhi after which his loyalist MLAs and state ministers were flown to Bengaluru.

Sources claimed that there could be a repeat of Karnataka where BS Yediyurappa replaced Congress’s Siddaramaiah after several Congress MLAs rebelled and quit. Most of them joined BJP and returned to the assembly after winning the bypolls.

However, the decision to convene a legislature party meeting on Tuesday, despite it being Holi, hinted that BJP may have already struck a deal with Scindia, who has been restive for a while now. A senior BJP functionary said, “We might form the government soon.”

However, the party is treading cautiously in view of the embarrassment that it faced in Maharashtra.

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