During his first visit to Madhya Pradesh after becoming the national president of the BJP, Amit Shah on Saturday maintained a distance from party workers as well as the media.
On the other hand, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who received Shah at the Indore airport, walked up to BJP members and supporters for interaction. Apart from the chief minister, newly appointed state BJP president Nand Kumar Chauhan, state general secretary Arvind Menon and several MLAs were also present there to welcome him.
After holding discussion with the chief minister, legislators and party office-bearers for about 20 minutes, Shah stepped out of the airport building and headed straight towards a podium nearby ignoring media persons.
The BJP chief did not address party workers either, though he accepted flowers and colourful pagadis (head gear) from them. The welcome ceremony, which was a bit chaotic, got over within 20 minutes. Shah then left for Mandleshwar (Khargone district) by car with the state BJP president and Menon, while the chief minister flew back to Bhopal.
Shah paid a condolence visit to the residence of RSS sah-karyavah Suresh Joshi, whose elder brother Gajanand Joshi died recently in Mandleshwar. He then left for Ujjain where he performed puja of Lord Mahakal, party sources said.
BJP workers in Ujjain had organised a function to welcome him at Indore-Ujjain road, but Shah did not get down from car. He accepted their greetings while sitting in car and left for Indore.
Shah made a brief stopover in Bhopal on his way to Delhi on Saturday evening. He met some BJP ministers and leaders including Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar during his one hour stay at the state hangar.
Before Shah's arrival, Chouhan told newspersons that the BJP under the new president would perform well in four states where assembly elections are due in next two months.