As Assembly polls are approaching the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has started an all-out election campaign with his Jan Ashirwad Yatra. During the yatra, which was flagged off by the BJP president Amit Shah from Ujjain on July 15, Chouhan is expected to address several rallies covering all the 230 constituencies of the state.
In the middle of his over two-month long Jan Ashirwad Yatra, three-time Madhya Pradesh CM Chouhan spoke to News Nation’s Peenaz Tyagi. During the exclusive conversation, the MP CM got super candid and revealed why people of the state call him “Mama”
“It’s because of the schemes. We launched Ladli Laxmi Yojana, distributed cycles to the girls, Kanya Vivah Scheme and our daughters started calling me Mama,” he revealed.
“Elders started calling me “beta” (son) because we launched Mukhyamantri Teerth Darshan Yojana. Women already consider me their brother. So, all these adjectives are given by the people,” Chouhan said.
During the Yatra, Chouhan’s wife Sadhna also accompany her Chief Minister husband. While she politely declined to give a political statement, we asked her some other questions that will give you a glimpse of her role in Chouhan’s political success.
When our correspondent Peenaz asked her what she calls her husband, Sadhna blushed a little and called him “Karthik (their son) ke papa”- a typical way of Indian wives to address their husbands.
Do you call him that, Peenaz asked? “Obviously, I will not take his name and call with our children’s name,” she said wearing a smile full of shyness.
Giving more insights about the personal life of Chouhan, Sadhna said he likes Bhajiya (an Indian snack made of gram flour) but I don’t let him eat that nowadays. She was probably doing that because the snack contains a lot of trans fat which is unhealthy especially for elderly people.
Sadhna told us another interesting thing. Whenever she visits any temple, she videos calls her husband so that he can also see the temple and virtually take part in the Aarti.
Madhya Pradesh will go to polls later this year. The three-time Chief Minister Shivraj is facing a stiff challenge from Congress’s Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamalnath.