Ruling out a new role outside Madhya Pradesh, outgoing chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said he will soon take an “abhar” (gratitude) rally in the state’s Vindhya region where the Bharatiya Janata Party had done well though losing in the state assembly election.
In an informal talk with journalists at the state BJP office, he said, “I am not a political person. I am emotionally attached with 7.50 crore people of Madhya Pradesh and I have resolved to serve them till my last breath.”
“I will not go to Centre. I will live in Madhya Pradesh and die in Madhya Pradesh,” Chouhan said in response to questions if he sees his new role as the leader of Opposition or a Union minister after the BJP’s defeat in the November 28 assembly elections after being in power for three consecutive terms. The party had won only 109 seats in the 230-member assembly, behind the Congress which won 114 seats, below the halfway mark, but got a majority with the help of the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party and some of the independents.
On Congress’ promise to waive loan of farmers within 10 days of its coming to power, he said the new government should keep the promises they made to the public. Also, it should continue to give incentives to farmers on sale of agricultural produce like wheat, paddy, garlic, onion, soybean etc.