Lucknow: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the drubbing in the Assembly elections in his State, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh prompted the BJP to take corrective steps ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, while the Congress remained in a “delusional” state.
Terming the parliamentary elections as an “eye-opener” for some parties, he said this election ended dynastic and caste politics in the country.
“People rose above caste and voted for development, welfare, and nationalism. This election heralded a transformation in Indian politics,” the BJP leader told PTI in an interview.
The BJP, despite its loss in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, swept the Lok Sabha elections in the three States with over 50% vote share.
In Madhya Pradesh, the saffron party won 28 of the 29 constituencies, while the Congress was restricted to the lone Chhindwara seat.
The BJP in Chhattisgarh won nine seats and the Congress two, while in Rajasthan the BJP won 24 and the grand old party could not open its account.
“The Congress remained in a delusional state vis-a-vis Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. The truth is, the drubbing in the three States proved to be a blessing for us (BJP), and hence, all the corrective steps were taken, wherever the need for the same was felt.
“The Congress only remained in a state of misconception about itself that it has won Assembly elections in three States,” Chouhan said.
Chouhan, who was here on Saturday, also claimed that people of Madhya Pradesh now say come back soon ‘mama’, as he is fondly called by his supporters.
To a question that he can dethrone the current government, Chouhan said, “If I had the intention of dethroning the government, then I would not have allowed it to be formed in the first place.”
“The Congress along with the SP, the BSP and Independents formed the government. We, too, had the offer (of forming government), but I thought they (Congress) have more seats, hence, they have the moral right to form a government,” he said.
On went wrong for the BJP in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan, who is a BJP vice-president, said, “Overconfidence had crept in. You had seen people were suspicious about (BJP’s performance in) other States, but it was not the case with MP.”
“Someone had asked me to list three possible reasons which led to the party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh and my answer was the first reason is Shivraj, the second reason is Shivraj and the third reason is Shivraj,” he said.
Chouhan said while his party has initiated membership drives and is reaching out to workers at all levels, people were leaving the Congress after its performance in the general elections.
Hitting out at the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, he said, “The schemes run by us were stopped. Loan waiver did not happen. Law and order situation has deteriorated. MP has become a den of brokers, and in over four months time, the entire state is feeling harassed.”
People realise the difference between the BJP and the Congress, he claimed.