Shivraj, Raman Singh, Vasundhara to be BJP’s face in polls


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal ,Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has reposed faith on its chief ministers in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and the party leadership has decided to contest the polls under them in the respective states. two senior party leaders have given this information. This decision could be disappointing for those who were looking forward to change in leadership in these states. Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently became the second longest serving BJP Chief Minister overtaking BJP’s icon Narendra Modi as Gujarat CM, and is currently behind Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. Shivraj has been BJP’s face in the state of Madhya Pradesh since becoming the Chief Minister of MP midway through the assembly in 2005. Madhya Pradesh was tagged as Bimaru state, the state’s economy and infrastructure were crippling before Shivraj Singh Chouhan came on to the scene. Madhya Pradesh has become one of the fastest developing states in the country, although, the state is still among some of the poorest states in the country. Over the last 15 years, there has been a significant improvement in the development of Madhya Pradesh. BJP has been in power in the state since 2003, and up until the last state assembly election has not faced any anti-incumbency wave, that speaks volume of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s performance as the Chief Minister of the state. Shivraj Singh is set to complete his third-term as the CM once the Assembly is dissolved and the state heads into the elections by the end of 2018. Although, it has not been official it is highly likely that he will be the face for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. The year 2018 is crucial for the politics of India, as the bye-elections and State Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Mizoram can have implications on the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress and BJP are set to go head-to-head against each other and get involved in the political slugfest in these states in the run-up to the elections. Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be looking to get elected to the CM office for the fourth consecutive time and will be leading BJP’s charge in the central state of India. The thirteen years of Shivraj Singh’s rule has put Madhya Pradesh on the developmental map of the country. Madhya Pradesh has been blessed with beautiful natural landscapes and is ingrained with rich and diverse cultural history. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has emphasised on the immense possibilities in the tourism sector in the state and has worked towards developing the industry, that in turn has created employment, strengthened state’s economy and increased the influx of tourists. In 2017, Madhya Pradesh Tourism was established to promote state’s tourism with the help of sustainable private partnership, public investment, facilitation of investors, skill-development, publicity and marketing of tourist destination within India and around the world. The state is reviewing the possibilities of giving access to tourists to enter buffer zones in the state’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. But there are many challenges for Shivraj in the forthcoming poll. The state of Madhya Pradesh has one of the lowest per capita income compared to the other states of the country. Although, in recent years the state’s per capita has been increasing but is it still nearly 37% behind the national average. The farmers in the state have faced several challenges in the last few years. Last year, the farmers agitated against the degrading prices of onion in the market that led to distress among the farmers. This incident was in stark contrast to the state’s agricultural sector’s performance in 2014-15, where the state registered a 20% growth in the agricultural output. Nearly one-tenth of the suicides committed in the 15 years of BJP rule have taken place between year 2016-17. Women safety and crime has plagued the image of the state, as Madhya Pradesh has earned a dubious distinction of being at the top of the charts in terms of heinous crimes and crimes against women. According to National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) report released last year, the state has the highest rate of atrocities committed against the tribal population of the state, with the number of crimes against ST increased from 1577 in 2014 to 1823 in 2016. On the other hand, there has been a growing number of cases reported for the crimes committed against women in the state. Madhya Pradesh has been on the top of the list in terms of crimes committed against women, with more than 4000 cases registered in the year 2016. Despite the efforts of CM to curb the growing crime rate, the state and its police force have time and again failed to protect its citizen. State’s record is so poor that one woman is raped in the state within every two hours.