Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh spent Tuesday tracking tigers and unwinding at Panna National Park, away from allegations and counter allegations that have dominated the state politics in the last few days.
The CM and his wife arrived at the tiger reserve by helicopter on Monday evening and spent the night at Bargadi inspection bungalow within the park.
The CM had a traditional Bundelkhandi meal with tikkad and dal but without any ginger or garlic before retiring for the day. On Tuesday morning, the CM and his wife were up early and took a drive in the park. After receiving news about the presence of a tiger in a certain area, the CM and his wife took an elephant ride during which they saw tigress P213 along with her four cubs that are aged about 15 months.
The CM met the ground monitoring teams - groups that follow radio-collared tigers recording their movement - and congratulated them for their work while shaking hands with all of them. The CM also discussed a proposal to make Panna a monsoon tourist destination.
He returned to the Bargadi camp and attended to some work before having lunch. The CM's entourage only included personal security and a cook who supervises the food. The inspection bungalow at Bargadi where the CM stayed, does not have cellphone coverage either, offering quality time. The CM returned to Bhopal by chopper on Tuesday evening.
The CM's plan to visit Panna was finalised only on Monday after which arrangements were made for his trip. Of late, jungle getaways are being chosen as destinations to unwind by the CM and his family. The CM and his family are also regular visitors to Ratapani sanctuary, adjacent to Bhopal.