In a major twist, current Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Tuesday that he was not a contender for the chief ministership before and is not now.
“I was not and am not the chief candidate. I am just a party member and whatever position or responsibility is assigned to me by the party, I will fulfill it,” Chouhan said.
Under Chouhan’s leadership, the BJP swept the Madhya Pradesh elections, winning 163 of the state’s 230 seats, while the Congress won only 66 seats.
The saffron party has ruled the city since 2003, except for a brief 15-month period in 2018 when Congress leader Kamal Nath formed the government.
In the run-up to the polls, the BJP did not see Chouhan as the chief minister but instead credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership and popularity.
Earlier, Chouhan told New Delhi Television that he was just a party worker. “None of us makes any decisions for ourselves. We are part of a larger mission. We are workers. Whatever the party decides, we do.”