DAYS after dropping two senior ministers from his Cabinet, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was in Nagpur on Wednesday reportedly to discuss the possible fallout with top RSS leaders.
Chouhan was closeted for over two hours with RSS Sarkaryawah Bhaiyyaji Joshi, his deputy Dattatreya Hosabale and Suresh Soni, at the Smruti Mandir premises of the RSS. From there, Chouhan drove to the RSS headquarters in Mahal, where he met Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat for at least 30 minutes.
After coming out of the Sangh building, Chouhan denied the speculations that the two senior Madhya Pradesh BJP leaders were in touch with the Congress.
“They are very senior party leaders and are not miffed with the party. We will give them their due respect,” he told mediapersons. He also denied that he discussed the subject with Sangh leaders. “I was here to discuss work on the 51 point programme, which was decided to be implemented during the latest Kumbh Mela in Madhya Pradesh,” he said. The two leaders, Babulal Gaur and Sartaj Singh, were removed from the Cabinet reportedly because they are past the age of 75, now adopted by the BJP as the outer age limit for a ministerial berth in both states and at the Centre.
Speculations were rife that Singh had met senior Congress leaders in New Delhi after his exit from the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet.