SHIVRAJ SITS ON HIS ONE-MAN CABINET AS CORONA RAVAGES MP
Rahil Nora Chopra : Coronavirus has brought turmoil for the people of the state of Madhya Pradesh, but relief to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Chouhan has taken oath as a chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on 23 March for the fourth time, and Prime Minister had announced Janata curfew on 22 March. Therefore, he had taken oath alone as he had to adjust the MLAs who had come along with Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress party, as well as his own BJP MLAs. It was promised that one of the MLAs of Jyotiraditya Scindia’s group would be given deputy chief ministership. While the claim of deputy chief ministership of BJP MLA Narottam Mishra could not be ignored either. For this, Shivraj Singh Chouhan would have to take the permission of the BJP high command, and as a result, the CM has not been able to expand his cabinet till today. With his one-man cabinet, Chouhan has been left alone to battle coronavirus, which is ravaging the state of Madhya Pradesh. The irony is that Chouhan has to take the approval from the high command to form the cabinet, and approval from the yet-unformed cabinet for all the decisions to tackle the covid-19 response. Power grab notwithstanding, Chouhan is in a tough spot.