9 Dec 2023

Who will be next CM of Madhya Pradesh: Why there is so much delay?

Bhopal: The Chief Ministerial selection for Madhya Pradesh remains unresolved even a week after the election results. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has held control of the state since 2003, except for a 15-month Congress government in 2018. Unusually, the BJP has taken an extended period this time, raising questions about the internal dynamics influencing the decision-making process.

This time higher number of potential CM candidates

This time the BJP is grappling with a higher number of potential Chief Minister candidates. Unlike previous elections, the party did not declare a CM face before the polls. After Shivraj Singh Chouhan's 18-year tenure, several contenders have emerged within the BJP, causing delays in decision-making and necessitating the appointment of observers and opinion seeking.

In contrast to past swift decisions, where the BJP declared its CM candidate within days of election results, this time, the process has been notably prolonged. In 2003 and 2008, the party announced its CM candidates within 3 and 2 days respectively. 

Shivraj Singh Chouhan assumed office in 2013 just five days after the results, and the 2020 by-election results led to a decision within three days. The current delay is attributed to the absence of a pre-declared CM candidate and the emergence of multiple contenders after Chouhan's long tenure.

One-to-one discussions with all MLAs will be held

Adding intrigue to the situation, the responsibility of obtaining opinion of MLAs to determine the next Madhya Pradesh CM lies with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and two other observers. Khattar will conduct one-to-one discussions with all MLAs. Prominent leaders like Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prahlad Patel, and VD Sharma, are all vying for the top post.

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