Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was in the US, but his attention clearly back home on Wednesday. The reason was obvious: he had led the BJP's campaign for the civic polls from the front.
No sooner had the mayoral elections results been declared that Chouhan, on his Twitter page, congratulated the winning candidates. The chief minister went on to post a series of tweets.
After congratulating the winning candidates Alok Sharma, Malini Gaud, Swati Godbole and Kanta Sadarang, the chief minister thanked the party workers and the people of Madhya Pradesh.
"Congratulations to the victors of all Municipality & City Council elections. I dedicate this victory to the hardworking karyakartas of BJP," Chouhan tweeted. The civic polls results of four mayoral seats and seven other civic bodies sent the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's rank and file into raptures of joy.
Congratulating Bharatiya Janata Party state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the win in the civic body polls is a clear indication of the people's vote to the policies and programmes initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Tomar said the voters should be congratulated and thanked for reposing their faith on the BJP. It was only recently that the BJP had won 10 mayoral seats in the elections.
Terming the party's win as historic, minister of state for general administration department Lal Singh Arya said it was the victory of development works undertaken by the chief minister and the Madhya Pradesh government. It was the victory of successful decisions of able leadership and untiring efforts of workers and people's trust, he added.