Faced with dissidence from within the party ranks,Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan organised a major offensive against the opposition Congress here,making discrimination by the Centre against the state his plank.
The attack was three-pronged. Starting with a protest and a walk-out in the Lok Sabha by party members from the state,it was followed by a dharna by MLAs and MPs at the Jantar Mantar and was capped by a press conference by the Chief Minister,accompanied by sate BJP president Prabhat Jha and members of the Chouhan Ministry.
Chouhan has to contend with several problems within the party. One,the fear of a possible return of former chief minister Uma Bharti to the party and an inevitable resurgence of her follow just in case it happens. Two,the emergence of Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj as a parallel nucleus in the state following her election from Vidisha. Three,differences with a number of important players like Babulal Gaur,Kailash Vijayavargiya,Ajay Vishnoi and Anoop Mishra. Therefore,by getting everybody on board for a public show of solidarity vis-a-vis the Centre is a good strategic move.
Coupled with this is the state of Congress in MP. Riven with factions led by important leaders like Kamal Nath,Arjun Singh,Digvijay Singh Jyotraditya Scindia,the state Congress is not in a position to pose a challenge to Chouhan.