Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has claimed the BJP is working unitedly for the forthcoming Assembly elections and there is no "internal wrangling" within the party.
Referring to Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP in 2020, he said, "Those who came with Scindia Ji have assimilated into our party like sugar in milk. I feel happy to say that the BJP is working unitedly in Madhya Pradesh." "Of course, leaders work differently according to their preferences. Even two brothers in a family have different styles of work," he said in reply to a question about whether or not the BJP was divided in Madhya Pradesh.
People will make the CM
"The party will make the chief minister. The people will make the CM," he quoted.
During the interaction, Chouhan narrated how he was made the chief minister in 2005 when he was a member of Parliament and stayed in Delhi.
"I became the chief minister because the party wanted and I had the blessings of the people. In 2005, when I first became CM, I did not know that I had been selected. The BJP parliamentary board was meeting and I was staying at Pandit Pant Marg in Delhi as an MP.
"Suddenly, my wife woke me up and told me that TV channels were breaking news about me being selected as chief minister. I told her not to daydream. Soon after, the doorbell rang and Bhupendra Singh Hooda was there to congratulate me. He was my neighbour," he reminisced.
Soon after, there was a call from the BJP's organising secretary "asking me to come to the office immediately where I was told that I have been given the responsibility of chief minister", Chouhan said.
When asked about the speculation that BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit has three groupings -- "'naaraz' (unhappy), 'maharaj' (Gwalior's royal family scion Scindia)" and 'Shivraj'", the chief minister said, "The problem with Congress is that they lose their sleep when our party works unitedly." "We appear in their nightmares. Like a red rag to a bull, Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh wake up from their nightmares shouting 'Shivraj, Shivraj'." Chouhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an unparalleled leader and nobody can stop India from becoming "vishwaguru".