RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s praise for Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for organising the international `Living Right Way’ convention on the sidelines of Simhastha is being seen as a signal that Chouhan will continue as the CM.
The RSS, the party’s parent ideologue, holds the key in deciding the CM candidate in BJP-rules states.
“I express my gratitude to CM and welcome him for organising the event, which will have a bearing in the future,” Bhagwat said on Thursday while delivering the keynote address at the international “Living Right Way” convention which began on Thursday.
Faced with corruption charges in Vyapam scam, many in the BJP circle have begun to count Chouhan’s days for two more reasons. First, as religious belief, a person has to quit the CM’s post due to some or other reason after Simhastha. Former chief ministers Sunderlal Patwa and Uma Bharti are examples.
Second, seven people died after tents in Simhastha mela area collapsed due to gusty winds and rains that lashed Ujjain on May 5. Chouhan, who oversaw the arrangement, was blamed for the tragedy, which prompted BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya to say that Lord Mahakal will not spare those who commit corruption.
“I never saw this (deaths) happening in earlier Simhastha fairs,” Vijayavragiya, who was in-charge of the 2004 Simhastha, told a section of the media.
The fact that Bhagwat praised the CM thrice in his 25-minute speech is considered a rare gesture as the RSS chief avoids praising chief ministers repeatedly at public functions.
In his welcome speech, Chouhan announced to implement policies in Madhya Pradesh that will churn out eight parallel sessions to be held on science, spirituality, environment and woman empowerment during the convention. Bhagwat complimented the CM for the announcement in his speech.
Responding to speculation about his removal, Chouhan told newspersons last week that his only aim was to work for people. State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan dismissed the speculation as baseless.
Science and religion are not contradictory: Bhagwat
Bhagwat expressed the need to trace scientific thinking ingrained in ancient scriptures of Hindu dharma, which comprises religion, philosophy and throws light on cosmic evolution.
“Science and religion are not contradictory. The more one goes deep in science, the more one gets closer to spirituality,” he said in his key note address at the convention in Ninora village.
Taking aim at the Indian polity and bureaucracy, Bhagwat said effective implementation of welfare policies is as important as framing them. He further said that India needs role models of good conduct at all places for youngsters to emulate.
At the convention, Juna Akahada head Swami Avadheshanand, Gayatri Parivar head Dr Panav Pandya highlighted the scientific and philosophical findings of ancient Indian scriptures, which show the right way of living.
Sri Lanka Buddhist Council head Dr Thero referred to Lord Buddha’s Panchsheel principles and asked the state government to improve facilities at the stupa of emperor Ashoka’s daughter, Sanghmitra and son, Mahendra located in Ujjain district.