Chouhan left for Mumbai in the afternoon. When reporters approached him, he declined to comment. “His inclusion in the parliamentary board was essential at this juncture,” said a BJP leader close to the CM.
At the recent BJP national executive in Delhi, senior leader LK Advani had showered praises on Chouhan and uttered his name in the same breath as Modi, giving rise to speculation that the MP CM’s stars were on the rise at the national level.
To add insult to injury, rivals Bharti and Jha have been made party vice-presidents.