The BJP organised thousands of conventions for beneficiaries of schemes across its 56 organisational districts in the state to mark completion of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s 11 years as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
The party celebrated the event as deepotsav, the festival of lights, by lighting earthen lamps at public venues. ‘Lighting one lamp for development’ was the BJP’s way of celebrating the event.
State BJP chief spokesperson Deepak Vijayvargiya said the party celebrated the 11 years of Chouhan as the festival of lights and development in 756 party units (mandals) in 56 organisational districts of the state. “Our cadre is taking the celebrations and discussions on beneficiary schemes to 62,926 polling booths in the state. The celebrations will continue till December 15,” he said.
Congratulating the people, state State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan said, “It is not 11 years of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the chief minister, but his 11 years as a public servant.”
Chouhan’s 11 years are dedicated to public service and welfare, and the state has developed in all sectors -- agriculture, power, employment generation, or tribal development, Nandkumar Singh said, adding the party would celebrate the event for a fortnight.
Between November 30 and December 15, the cadre and morchas of the party -- Youth Morcha, Mahila Morcha, Scheduled Tribes Morcha, and minority cell -- will organise beneficiary conventions, he said.
In the evening, the chief minister attended a celebration organised at Subash Chowk, where he was felicitated by the elderly men of the area. Later, he went to New Market to attend a Bhartiya Yuva Morcha-organised programme, where he with BJYM activists and leaders lit lamps.
In the party office, BJP Mahila Morcha president Lata Elkar with other members lit lamps, sang bhajans and made a rangoli.
In Bhopal, scores of functions were also held at ward level. BJP leaders addressed the conventions and interacted with the beneficiaries.
The BJP celebrated the CM’s 11 years in a decentralised way, with cadre organising celebrations at panchayat and ward levels. The main objective of the conventions is to provide a platform to the people to share their views and feedback on how they have benefitted by the BJP government’s schemes and projects over the last 11 years and what are the issues they faced while availing of the benefits.