The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to hand over the chief minister’s post to new faces in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday. In the recently concluded assembly elections, the BJP wrested Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the Congress and retained Madhya Pradesh for a second term.
There are reports that the Bharatiya Janata Party may replace current Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and deprive former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raj of the top post. Vasundhara Raje served as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan twice. In Chhattisgarh too, the saffron party is likely to overtake Dr Raman Singh, who held the post for 15 years.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he will not contest for the chief minister’s post. “I was not a contender for the chief ministership before and I am not today. As a party worker, I have always done whatever job assigned to me by the BJP with my best, dedication and honesty,” he said.
Several states are vying for the chief minister’s post. In Rajasthan, possible candidates include Vasundhara Raje, Gajendra Shekhawat, Baba Balaknath, Diya Kumari, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Kirodi Lal Meena and CP Joshi. Joshi is a two-time MP from Chittorgarh and the current BJP president in Rajasthan.