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Shivraj Singh Chouhan to be leader of Opposition in MP assembly

The Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan would be the Leader of Opposition (LOP) in Madhya Pradesh assembly if sources to be believed. A BJP State Functionary said Chouhan expressed his desire to stay in MP to ensure an impressive victory during upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and thus the party is likely to announce his name for the post of LOP. Shivraj Singh Chouhan after BJP‘s defeat in the state said as quoted by News Agency ANI, ‘ I will not go to centre, I’ll live in Madhya Pradesh and die in Madhya Pradesh’.

“Vipaksh bhi mazboot hai, humare paas 109 vidhayak hain. Mera kaam hai rachnaatmak sahyog, chowkidari karne ki zimmedaari humari hai (Opposition is also strong with 109 MLAs in the assembly. We will play a role of Constructive opposition while we will keep a close watch ” Chouhan told reporters at state BJP’s head office, on Wednesday.

Earlier, the former chief minister said that it was the workers’ commitment and hard work that helped the party get public support. He said ” I am free. I have tendered my resignation to the honorable Governor. The responsibility of defeat is totally mine. I have congratulated Kamal Nath ji”

Replying to queries, Chouhan said that he would remind the ruling Congress government of all promises made in the party’s manifesto, including the farm loan waiver in 10 days of the formation of a government. He also rejected that there was a need for constituting an upper house in the state.

“The government can comfortably work in the present mechanism. I do not think there is a need for constituting a Vidhan Parishad in the state”, said Chouhan.

Sources in BJP said that despite Chouhan taking responsibility for the party’s defeat, the state and central leadership is reviewing the functioning of state-level office bearers and the role of dissidents during the elections. The party is likely to take action against more than 20 office-bearers of state and district units for dereliction of duty.

Earlier, Chouhan also held a farewell party for the senior officials at the CM Secretariat, employees at the CM’s official residence and staff members.

Earlier this week, in a nail-biting contest, Congress emerged as the single largest party secured 114 seats in the recently concluded Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections, falling two short of the majority in the 230-seat Assembly. However, help came in the form of both BSP and SP extending support. BSP Supremo Mayawati on Wednesday extends its support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in a bid to keep BJP away from power. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav also extend its support to Congress. The two have 2 and 1 seat respectively in the Assembly.

In the meanwhile, Congress Picks Kamal Nath as the new Chief Minister of the state after rounds of talk for almost two days.

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