Scin­dia tri­umph a les­son to all

The Asian Age - - Edit -

The long-awaited ex­pan­sion of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s BJP gov­ern­ment in Mad­hya Pradesh fi­nally took place Thurs­day, over three months af­ter Mr Chouhan him­self took the oath, but it failed to bring any cheer to the vet­eran leader in his fourth term. The rea­son is not far to seek. Loy­al­ists and sup­port­ers of Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia, a for­mer Con­gress­man and one­time close as­so­ciate of Rahul Gandhi, whose defection to the BJP in early March led to the Ka­mal Nath gov­ern­ment’s fall, to­tally dom­i­nated the new team, with the min­is­ters in­clud­ing Mr Scin­dia’s aunt Yashod­hara Raje Scin­dia. Of the 22 MLAs who left the Congress to join the BJP along with Mr Scin­dia, 14 are now min­is­ters, in­clud­ing 10 of Cab­i­net rank. Since they are no longer MLAs, hav­ing re­signed from the As­sem­bly, they must fight and win the by­elec­tions to be held shortly in or­der to re­tain their posts. Many come from the Scin­dia strong­hold of Gwalior-Cham­bal.

In con­trast, the CM man­aged to in­duct only five of his sup­port­ers in the ex­pan­sion, leav­ing many more who had served in his ear­lier min­istry dis­ap­pointed. The ex­pan­sion came only af­ter Mr Chouhan, who camped in New Delhi for over two days to get the list cleared, met Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and home min­is­ter Amit Shah to ob­tain their go-ahead. The stamp of the BJP cen­tral lead­er­ship is quite ev­i­dent, some­thing Mr Chouhan must live with for the rest of his term, as he clearly doesn’t have the free hand he en­joyed in his first three terms. No won­der the CM obliquely talked about “Lord Shiva hav­ing to drink poi­son”, widely seen as a ref­er­ence to him­self!

Mr Scin­dia’s tri­umph in se­cur­ing a dom­i­nant role in the Mad­hya Pradesh gov­ern­ment should also serve as a les­son to the Congress, which tried to marginalis­e him and vir­tu­ally drove him to­wards the BJP, that led to the Ka­mal Nath gov­ern­ment’s down­fall. The Congress for­got a house di­vided is al­ways eas­ier to bring down. If it had acted in time and made Mr Scin­dia PCC chief or sent him to the Ra­jya Sabha, the party would have had one more state gov­ern­ment un­der its con­trol now.

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