Even ‘underdogs’have their day
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.