21 October, 2020

Got An Aspirin?

Got An Aspirin?
outlookindia.com
2020-05-01T17:21:40+05:30

When Shivraj Singh Chouhan called on Kamal Nath after succeeding the latter as Madhya Pradesh chief minister on March 23, the Congress stalwart reportedly had a pithy message for him: “Now you have my chair but also my headache”. The headache, a close aide of Nath tells Outlook, was a reference to the former CM’s bête noire, Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose rebellion had triggered the Congress government’s fall and paved the BJP’s return to power.

For a month since, Chouhan battled the challenge of running the state while the coronavirus toll steadily rose across MP. His inability to install a council of ministers when he assumed office only added to his problems. On April 21, days after he gained infamy of being India’s longest serving CM without a council of ministers, Chouhan formed a five-member cabinet.

Having run MP as its CM for over 12 years in the past, Chouhan perhaps has some tricks up his sleeve to navigate the current barrage of criticism against his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But, if the...

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