Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday sought blessings from senior BJP leaders at a function to mark the completion of 10 years in office.
Addressing the function at Deen Dayal Bhawan, the BJP headquarters in Bhopal, Chouhan recalled his early in Jan Sangh — the erstwhile political arm of the RSS which was re-named as BJP — saying that he had a close association with the party from his younger days.
BJP workers started gathering at Deen Dayal Bhawan, the state BJP headquarters from early afternoon as party leaders arrived at the venue, including ministers Babulal Gaur, Sartaj Singh, and Narottam Mishra.
On arrival, the CM sought the blessings of senior BJP leaders, including former chief ministers Sunderlal Patwa, Kailash Joshi and religious leaders from the Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities.
He then individually greeted BJP leaders seated on the dais, including national general secretary (organization) Ramlal, national vice-president and state in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, vice president Prabhat Jha.
An emotional Shivraj said, “I don’t know what to say.”
He then went on to recount his early days as a political activist, including the one when he organised daily wage workers to demand for higher wages for which, he said, he was beaten up by his uncle.
He also recounted about his association with senior Jana Sangha functionaries, saying that he was always had a liking for the party. “I do not consider myself extremely capable but I owe everything to the BJP party,” he said.
He praised his wife, Sadhna, who was present at the function, saying that she had stood by him at all times.
He also recalled his association with Jana Sangha stalwarts Kushabhau Thakre and Pyarelal Khandelwal and campaigning for Babulal Gaur’s first election.
Referring to the bitter struggle between him and Union minister Uma Bharti that eventually led to his becoming the chief minister and Uma Bharti resigning from the BJP, Chouhan said, “Sometimes governments do not complete its terms due to circumstances.”