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Chauhan’s latest peccadillo!

Posted on: April 18, 2011

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has never been known for sophistication but his behaviour at the recent Khargone function, where Union Minister of State Arun Yadav was the chief guest, surpassed his own past boorishness. Not only did it go against the accepted norms of protocol but also reflected sadly on his upbringing.
The function was organised to lay the foundation stone for a lift irrigation canal of the Indira Sagar Project, the lion’s share of the funds for which comes from the Centre. Yadav was invited to the function as he is not only a local MP but also a member of the Union Council of Ministers, holding the portfolio of agriculture. After all, irrigation canal is being constructed to augment agricultural production only.
The protocol demanded that Yadav should have been asked to speak before the chief minister. However, the organisers from the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) invited the chief minister before Yadav. An upset Yadav drew the attention of Collector Kedar Sharma about this breach of protocol and was reportedly told that the chief minister was short of time and had to leave early (what else does one expect from a Collector in Madhya Pradesh but to behave like the chief minister’s lackey?)
Yadav did what any respectable person could have done under the circumstances — leave the venue before speaking.
It was one thing that the chief minister behaved in this boorish manner, he compounded it by criticising the period of the Congress rule. It was a State function and not a party function. The chief minister should have refrained from bringing in party politics, more so if he has invited a minister from the Centre belonging to the Congress party. Is Chauhan competing with State BJP president Prabhat Jha in committing peccadilloes?

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