Even ‘un­der­dogs’have their day

India Today - - EAR TO THE GROUND -

Mad­hya Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan is al­ready on the back­foot just three months af­ter his land­slide win in De­cem­ber 2013. The CM’s seem­ingly clever ploy of sit­ting on a protest fast on March 6 against UPA’s fail­ure to give re­lief to the state’s hail­storm-rav­aged farm­ers, seems to have back­fired. Rather than re­lief from Delhi, Chouhan’s dharna in­vited the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s scru­tiny af­ter state Congress chief Arun Ya­dav de­manded a probe of how Chouhan re­ceived pub­lic con­tri­bu­tions worth Rs 7.42 crore for the farm­ers at a time when the elec­toral code was in force. Af­ter their de­bil­i­tat­ing de­feat in the As­sem­bly polls, things have sud­denly perked up in the Congress camp.

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