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I See No Challenge; Congress Leaders Are Daydreaming: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

In an interview to Outlook, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he sees no anti-incumbency because his party has worked hard in the state.

I See No Challenge; Congress Leaders Are Daydreaming: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
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I See No Challenge; Congress Leaders Are Daydreaming: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
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2018-09-24T17:11:01+05:30

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, 59, has been  chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for three consecutive terms; that is nearly 13 years at the helm of affairs in India’s second largest-state. But he is not done yet. With ass­embly polls due by the end of the year, Chouhan is once again on the road, braving the hot and humid weather to campaign relentlessly across the state. The man who identifies himself as the benevolent ‘mama’ (maternal uncle) of the voters is leaving nothing to chance in wooing his electorate.

For the last two months, Chouhan has been intermittently criss-crossing the state’s 51 districts atop a high-tech van in the course of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, add­ressing numerous roadside rallies. The Congress—the principal opposition party—hopes to unseat him this time, but the chief minister shows little signs of nervousness. As he set off for another day of canvassing from Tendukheda—a speck of a town some 150 km from Jabalpur—Chouhan spoke to Outlook Editor Ruben Banerjee on how confident he was about being re-elected and what his roadmap for governance was. Excerpts:

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