A few days after visiting Interior Minister Amit Shah, who praised Rakesh Singh, former leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Member of Parliament, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, set out to present himself as a difficult leader by organizing several meetings focused on governance, reminding officials that the state must be a model of good governance.
Shah was in Jabalpur on September 18 for Balidan Diwas in honor of the king of the Gond Shankar Shah tribe and his son Kunwar Raghunath Shah who were pursued by the British for participating in the 1857 mutiny.
A day after the event, Chouhan met with Governor Mangubhai Patel, which congressional leaders said was an “unusual” meeting. The CM stated that the meeting was held to discuss development patterns.
On Monday, he chaired a meeting of officials from the Indian Police Service and Indian Administrative Service in the districts where he said: “I will evaluate the officers on their work. We must adopt a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption. The state must be a model of good governance and any officer who does not perform his duties will be sanctioned. “
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He also called on officials to take strict action against the Mafia and also in cases of irregularities and corruption.
At the Balidan Diwas event, while Chouhan was also present, Shah praised Singh, the organizer. “At the invitation of whom I have come here and the one who really leads the way, our Rakesh Singh ji,” Shah said. He repeated this in two different functions, specifying that he was present at the invitation of the MP for Jabalpur.
At the event, the CM spoke in detail about tribal welfare and announced that the Panchayat Extension Law to Listed Areas (PESA) will be phased in.
“The CM was trying to prove something to Shah,” said a senior BJP official, who declined to be named.
Experts see it as a claim by Chouhan to show the BJP high command that he was in control and was a popular mass leader.
Political analyst Girja Shankar said: “Amid the speculation about the changing of the guard, the CM is considering an overhaul of its image. He tries to connect emotionally with people. Reports of government scams and irregularities damage his image and that is why he tries to be a tough master.
Legislator and congressional spokesperson PC Sharma said: “During the Home Secretary’s visit, the CM was so tense and desperate that he organized six programs a day to impress him. He is under pressure because he has failed to maintain law and order and crimes against women. Nothing will happen with this image construction, the BJP will lose the 2023 assembly elections. ”
BJP spokesman Rajneesh Agrawal, however, said theirs is an organized party and any decision to change is accepted by all, unlike Congress, where it leads to internal struggles.