Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan may set aside his political rivalry and attend the marriage of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s son in Delhi, sources close to the chief minister said on Friday.
Speculations were doing the rounds that Chouhan might not attend the marriage of Digvijaya Singh’s son, Jaivardhan, following an exchange of attacks between the two over the professional examination board (PEB) scam.
Sources said Jaivardhan, who is a Congress legislator from Raghogarh, met the chief minister two days ago and personally invited him to the wedding.
However, Chouhan’s wife may not attend the function, they said. The marriage is scheduled to be held in Delhi on May 22.
Sources said it was not for the first time that Chouhan had decided not to mix personal relations and political rivalry with Digvijaya Singh.
Earlier, the chief minister had attended the marriage of a son of Digvijaya Singh’s younger brother Laxman Singh at Pachmarhi in February 2012.
He had also attended the marriage of Jaivardhan’s elder sister in 2005.
Sources said Chouhan and Digvijaya Singh had always had cordial terms and yet remained staunch political rivals.
However, the professional examination board (PEB) scam brought a kind of new low in their relations.
Digvijaya Singh had targeted Chouhan and his wife Sadhna as a beneficiary in the scam.
This was followed by filing of an FIR against Digvijaya Singh in connection with the recruitment at the Vidhan Sabha during Congress rule.
This led to some suspicions even among Chouhan’s cabinet ministers.
Many of them have been members of the assembly with Digvijaya Singh and have had a long standing equations with him.
They too had been waiting for a nod from the CM about attending the marriage.
“I will attend the wedding if my chief minister attends,” said a cabinet minister had said on condition of anonymity.
There are others like home minister Babulal Gaur, who cites ‘reciprocity’ as a reason for attending the wedding.
“Digvijaya Singh Ji had attended my grandson’s wedding. I will also attend his son’s reception,” he said.