Shivraj Singh Chouhan gives his farewell speech

Outgoing Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today that he would rather “die than ask for something for himself.” The following powerful statement came after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced Mohan Yadav, who is a three-term MLA from Ujjain, as his successor.

At a farewell press conference today, Mr Chouhan stated his acceptance regarding the decision of the BJP leadership in order to replace him with Mr Yadav. “I am confident that under the leadership of CM Mohan Yadav, the BJP govt will complete the ongoing projects in the state. In terms of progress and development, Madhya Pradesh will achieve new heights. I will keep supporting him,” he said while producing his farewell speech. “I would rather die than go and ask something for myself,” the former chief minister added.

Mr Chouhan presently holds the distinction of serving the longest period as the Chief Minister of the state. His tenure, spanning from 2005 to 2018 and again from 2020 to 2023, has left an unforgettable mark on the trajectory of the state. Chouhan’s political journey started in the year of 1990 when he was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the town of Budhni. He has implemented several welfare schemes, one of the most celebrated and famous is the initiative of a scheme widely called as “Ladli Behna.”

Women empowerment is not a means of getting votes for me. My conscience believes that the BJP is a party that uplifts the common worker,” Mr Chouhan stated. “Despite being the Chief Minister, my relationship with the public has always been like with family. I will not let this bond break. As long as I breathe, I will strive to do whatever I can to improve it,” he added.

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