Shivraj Singh Chouhan returned as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday for the fourth time, more than 15 months after his government was ousted.
The 61-year-old BJP leader was sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon to Raj Bhawan at 9 p.m.
Chouhan was elected leader of the BJP legislative party earlier today when he met here.
Due to the coronavirus situation, no BJP leader from Delhi traveled to Bhopal for the legislative party meeting, although the party’s central observers, Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, participated by videoconference.
Popularly known among his supporters as the “ Mamaji ”, Chouhan was sworn in three times earlier as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh – in 2005, after Uma Bharti’s withdrawal for rioting, and for two subsequent terms in 2008 and 2013.
He resigned after Congress won a slim majority in the December 2018 assembly elections, after which the Kamal Nath government came to power.
Upset by the rebellion of his party colleague Jyodiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP and the resignations of 22 congressmen, Nath resigned from his post of chief minister last week, paving the way for Chouhan’s return.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on Twitter to congratulate Chouhan.
He wrote: Congratulations to Shri @ChouhanShivraj Ji for taking the oath as CM of Madhya Pradesh. He is a skilled and experienced administrator who is extremely passionate about developing MP.
Best wishes to him for bringing the state to new heights of progress
Congratulations to Shri @ChouhanShivraj Ji sworn in as CM of Madhya Pradesh. He is a skilled and experienced administrator who is extremely passionate about developing MP. Best wishes to him for having brought the State to new heights of progress.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2020