Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has set aside any speculation about him being in the race for the top slot in the country. He said he is “junior” not only to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi but also his party chief minister in Chhattisgarh'- Dr Raman Singh.
“I am number three in the party and both Narendra Modi and Dr Raman Singh are above me,” he said. Did this mean he was not interested in a role outside his state? “I am born to serve the people of Madhya Pradesh. If I am able to serve the 7.5 crore people of the state, then I will think that I have contributed something to the country,” he told Zee Media’s #bbv Bharat Bhagya Vidhata.
Singh lavished equal praise on Modi and Dr Singh stating that he was a big admirer of their work.
However, he shied away from any direct comparison of the work being done by various BJP chief ministers. “Every state is different from another and so are their priorities. Even neighbouring states don’t share the same problems,” said Chouhan.
But in response to a direct question about his comparison with Modi as a leader, Chouhan said, “Modi is a matchless (Adhbhut) personality and a towering leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. Neither he nor do I make a comparison with each other.”
Presenting a business-friendly face, Chouhan listed various initiatives taken by his government to develop MP in a big way. He said, “Agricultural growth rate, industrialisation, GDP, electricity, size of budget and per capita which were almost dead issues earlier have now become talking points for Madhya Pradesh.”