Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan downplayed the controversy over his felicitation organised jointly by the Indore Municipal Corporation and distinguished organisation of the city by saying, “It was not a felicitation but a blessing of the people.”
Chouhan was weighed against silver on Wednesday at a function organised at Abhay Prashal and was given 65 kg of silver coins against his weight of 64.5 kg.
He also received a cheque of Rs. 21 lakh from assembly constituency number two in addition to Rs. 11 lakh cheque given by a trade organisation and Rs. 2 lakh from Jai Baba Barfani Dham.
The entire amount including silver coins has been collected for providing relief at Uttarakhand.
The maximum, 11 kg of silver was donated by Timber Merchant Association.
Chouhan, however, requested the organisations to donate cash instead of silver coins.
“For me, entire Madhya Pradesh is a temple and its people are like God to me. I am a priest who is returning to the people what belongs to them,” he said after his felicitation.
“What I am doing in form of providing power is not an obligation but this is my responsibility,” said Chouhan.
Thanking state government employees for contributing oneday salary for providing relief to Uttarakhand areas amounting to Rs. 60 crore.
He said that still 741 people from the state were reported missing.
The government has initiated all steps to locate them and the state government has adopted a village for re-building.