BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): A day after being elected the leader of the BJP legislature and being sworn in as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for the fourth time by Governor Lalji Tandon, Shivraj Singh Chouhan proved his majority by winning the trust vote in the Assembly today.
Chouhan, 61, moved a one-line proposal to seek the trust of the House soon after the special session of the state Assembly began. His proposal was endorsed by members through the voice vote.
Senior BJP MLA Jagdish Devda, one of the members of the Speaker’s panel, was on the chair of Speaker.
The Congress MLAs boycotted the State Assembly proceedings of the day and the house has now been adjourned till March 27.
MP Assembly Speaker NP Prajapati had resigned late yesterday night, hours after Chouhan took oath as the chief minister of the state for a record fourth term.
The legislator from Budhni took the oath of office at a simple function in Raj Bhawan last night, where he was sworn-in by Governor Lalji Tandon.
Earlier, outgoing chief minister Kamal Nath had to resign on March 16 after his government lost majority following the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs.
In the 230-member Assembly, the BJP has 107 legislators. The Congress’ strength has now been reduced to 92 following the resignation of its 22 MLAs.
At present, 24 seats in the Assembly are lying vacant, reducing the size of the house to 206.
COVID-19: MP CM Announces Wide-Ranging Packages For The Marginalised
All social security pensioners will get two months advance payment; labourers to get Rs.1000 each.
BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today, held discussions with all the Commissioners, IGs, District Collectors, SPs, CMHOs, Municipal Commissioners, Municipalities, CMOs through video conferencing for prevention of Coronavirus in connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
मेरे सहरिया, बैगा और भारिया जनजाति के अत्यंत गरीब भाई-बहनों को मैं रु. 2000 रुपये भिजवाने की व्यवस्था कर रहा हूँ, ताकि संकट की इस घड़ी में उनको कोई दिक्कत और परेशानी न हो। हम मिलकर इस महामारी से लड़ेंगे और आपको संकट के पार निकाल ले जायेंगे। #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/UmF0POmEqV
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 25, 2020
दोस्तों, अगर हम सावधानी बरतें, तो #CORONA हमारा कुछ नहीं बिगड़ सकता है!
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 25, 2020
The Chief Minister spoke about the situation arising due to the lockdown and assistance package for the affected sections:
Under the Social Security Scheme, payment of Rs 275 crore, at the rate Rs 600 per month is being made to 46 lakh pensioners of the state every month.
All types of social security pension, widow pension, old age pension, destitute pension etc. will be paid in advance for two months.
Assistance of about Rs 8.25 lakh will be provided to the labourers under Sannirman Karmakar Mandal at the rate of Rs. 1000 per worker.
A total amount of Rs 2.20 lakh (Rs 2000 per family) will be sent to the accounts of families of Sahariya, Baiga and Bharia tribes as two months advance amount.
If found Corona positive, free treatment will be provided in the government hospital / medical college besides free treatment will be available for all classes in the identified private medical college and hospital.
Private hospitals will be paid according to the prescribed rates in Ayushman India.
Under Panch Parmeshwar Yojana, an amount is available under administrative head in Gram Panchayats. It is being allowed to spend wherever people have to arrange food / shelter due to Corona control and lockdown.
Children are not getting the benefit of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme due to the closure of schools. Foodgrains have been released till April 2020 which is now being made available through PDS ration shops.
As a result of this, an amount of Rs 156 crore 15 lakh will be distributed in the account of 65 lakh 91 thousand students – Rs 94.25 crore to 60.81 lakh students of primary schools at the rate of Rs 155 and Rs 61.90 crore to 26.68 lakh students of Secondary school at the rate of Rs. 232 per student.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave important instructions to all concerned officers. He said that it is necessary that people stay in their homes and there should be no crowd. There will be no religious and social programmes.
All religious places will also be closed to the general public.
District collectors were instructed to hold discussions with local religious leaders.
Chief Minister’s Instructions:
- Events like fairs etc. will also be completely banned for the next 21 days. Instructions have been given to adhere to the norms of social distancing at all places.
- Community monitoring should be increased so that the district administration can get immediate information about patients of fever, cold and cough.
- Efforts must be made to ensure home delivery of medicines to patients of common cold, cough and fever after examination. Collectors should motivate volunteers, government officials and employees of the locality or ward for further assistance.
- The call centre should be kept active for 24 hours. On receiving information from the call centre, arrangements should be made to deliver medicines at home.
- There may be a large number of people in urban and rural areas who are having difficulty in arranging food due to lockdown, in such a situation, food packets should be made available by motivating voluntary organizations etc. and arrangements should be made for distribution. No person should be left hungry in the state.
- Ensure availability of all essential facilities. Drug stores, grocery stores and fruits and vegetable shops should be marked with paint and lime through the Municipal Corporation, Municipality and Gram Panchayat, so that people coming to make purchases can maintain social distance.
- The shops and institutions should be kept open for maximum time so that there is less possibility of a crowd at any one time.
- Ensure that the transportation of goods in the state continues uninterrupted so that there is no shortage in their supply. Transport of packaging materials should also not be interrupted. Vehicles related to goods transportation should also not be stopped at checkpoints.
- All collectors should ensure that essential items of daily use and medicines are available in the market at normal price. Strict action should be taken on receipt of a complaint of charging higher prices.
- Ensure that adequate security and necessary facilities are available to the doctors, nurses and staff during discharging their duties.
- It is the responsibility of all divisional commissioners to coordinate in all their districts. Information of any problem in supply and logistics should be given immediately.
- Uninterrupted supply of essential commodities like vegetables, groceries, milk, fruits etc. should be made available to consumers.
- There should not be unnecessary congestion in vegetable markets. Only retail traders must be allowed to buy vegetables from here, not consumers. If possible, they must be dispersed.
Responsibility to Senior Officers:
Four verticals of officers of the level of Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary have been created in the state for Corona control:
- Supply of medicines, equipment and medical supplies – Principal Secretary Faiz Ahmed Kidwai
- Treatment and Hospital Management – Principal Secretary Sanjay Shukla
- Call centre and ambulance services – B. Chandrashekhar and Nandakumaram
- Supply and coordination of urgent commodities and services – Additional Chief Secretary I.C.P. Keshari.
Total coordination is being done by Principal Secretary Dr Pallavi Jain Govil on behalf of the Health Department. In case of any problem related to all these verticals, the Collector can resolve it by discussing with the officer concerned.
Home delivery, take home and courier facilities will be operational so that a minimum number of people come out of their homes and they can get home access service.
Facilities to Farmers:
Necessary facilities should be provided to the labourers and harvesters engaged in harvesting so that harvesting is not affected. Harvesters should never be stopped.
System of SMS to call farmers to the Mandi and establishment of procurement centres and arrangements of mandis should be such that social distancing norms are strictly followed. The discussion will be held separately in this connection.
Medical screening should also be done of the hammals and labourers working in the districts where there is a railway rake point. Ensure that the rake is unloaded on time so that there is no shortage of manure, seeds, urea, etc. in the state.
Private hospitals and nursing homes of the state should also be included in the campaign against Corona.
Hundred per cent identification and screening of citizens/travellers coming from abroad and travelling from other states should be ensured.
A medical mobile unit, a rapid response team should be fully equipped and active.
Supply of drinking water and electricity should be kept uninterrupted.
Adequate arrangements should be made for isolation wards and isolation centres.
District collectors will have powers to take all necessary steps to prevent Corona. They should take immediate appropriate decisions as per the local requirement. The state government will provide all kinds of assistance to them.
Mama Ji Returns: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sworn In As MP CM For 4rth Term
Calling fighting the coronavirus as his top priority, Chouhan said, “We will defeat this disease.”
BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Exactly a week after the 15-month-long Kamal Nath government was reduced to a minority following the rebellion of 22 Congress MLAs, senior BJP leader and three-time former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as the CM of the state for the fourth time on Monday.
— DD News (@DDNewslive) March 23, 2020
The 61-year-old was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for three terms between 2005 and 2018 before the BJP lost the 2018 assembly elections after voters gave a fractured mandate. The BJP had won 109 seats while the Congress won 114 and the latter formed the government with the support of four Independents, one SP and two BSP members.
The legislature party members — wearing masks due to coronavirus threat and sitting two chairs away from each other — unanimously elected Chouhan as their leader.
Due to the coronavirus situation, no BJP leader from Delhi travelled to Bhopal. The BJP’s central observers Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe joined the meeting via video conferencing from Delhi.
Senior BJP MLA and ex-leader of opposition Gopal Bhargava proposed the name of Chouhan as legislature party leader, which was endorsed by Vijay Shah, Meena Singh, Paras Jain and other MLAs.
After this process, Arun Singh announced Chouhan’s name as the leader of the BJP legislature party. Chouhan, who thanked the MLAs, accused the outgoing Congress dispensation of “ruining” the state, and said he would change the way of running the government from now.
आज मुझे @BJP4MP के विधायक दल का नेता चुना गया है। यह मेरे लिए एक बहुत ही भावुक क्षण है!
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 23, 2020
Calling fighting the coronavirus as his top priority, Chouhan said, “We will defeat this disease.”
“We will improve our governance….the shortcomings so far will be removed,” he said.
He said he will go to Mantralaya (state secretariat) after taking the oath and sit till late night to review measures taken to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was another strong contender for the CM post but the BJP chose Chouhan for his experience and because his popularity was still intact.
Scindia Congratulates Shivraj:
मध्यप्रदेश में भाजपा की सरकार बनने और चौथी बार मुख्यमंत्री का पद संभालने पर श्री शिवराजसिंह चौहान जी को हार्दिक बधाई।प्रदेश के विकास प्रगति और उन्नति में मैं सदैव आपके साथ खड़ा हूं।मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि आप के नेतृत्व में मप्र विकास के नए आयाम स्थापित करेगा।@ChouhanShivraj pic.twitter.com/xWFfaRIjaT
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 23, 2020
MP Political Turmoil: Congress And BJP Sending MLAs To Respective ‘Safe States’
Post Scindia’s resignation from the party, a total of 22 Congress MLAs have resigned so far from the party.
BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Amid the political turmoil in the state brought about by the resignation of Jyotiraditya Scindia and, consequently, that of 22 Congress sitting MLAs from the party, both the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP in the state have decided to move their MLAs to safe locations to prevent attempts of poaching.
BJP MLAs have been sent to Gurugram in Haryana while Congress MLAs are being sent to Jaipur in Rajasthan.
— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2020
Meanwhile, Congress has sent two of its leaders – Sajjan Singh Verma and Govind Singh to Bengaluru to pacify the rebel MLAs who are staying in the city. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath yesterday expressed confidence that his government will complete its term.
Earlier, BJP MLAs from Madhya Pradesh reached Gurugram from Bhopal late last night. After a meeting of the BJP Legislature Party in Bhopal, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava said that they were going out of the state capital to celebrate Holi with the party MLAs.
Political happenings and meetings continued in Delhi and Bhopal during the day. Following Jyotiraditya Scindia’s announcement of his exit from the Congress, there was a spate of resignations from his supporting legislators and party officials.
A delegation of BJP leaders met Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker N P Prajapati in Bhopal and handed over the resignations of 19 rebel Congress MLAs who are staying in Bengaluru.
After receiving the letters, Prajapati told reporters that he will make a decision as per the rules.
Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Singh claimed that the number of Congress MLAs resigning could reach 30 very soon.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Guna MP who has been with Congress for 18 years, quit party Tuesday saying this path has been drawing itself out over past year.
“FULL CIRCLE” in English. हिंदी में “घर वापसी”#JyotiradityaScindia, son of Madhavrao Scindia, who started his political innings with the Jan Sangh in 1971, today resigned from the #Congress party.#MadhyaPradeshCrisis #MadhyaPradeshPoliticalCrisis #Holi pic.twitter.com/bp9fuk8qb9
— League of India (@league_of_india) March 10, 2020
For the past year, it had been speculated that Jyotiraditya’s exit from the Congress was a matter of time. Finally, on Holi, the Gwalior royal put an end to the guesswork and made his move.
Kamal Nath refused to reach out to Scindia and virtually kept him isolated — and even stalled the latter’s claim for the post of the state Congress chief. So much so, that senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, never known as a Scindia sympathiser, sought to convince the CM last month of the need to co-opt the young leader but Kamal Nath didn’t pay any heed, a senior Congress functionary said.
Minutes after he posted his resignation, the Congress expelled Jyotiraditya for ‘anti-party activities’-in a similar fashion as it had expelled Madhavrao in 1996 when he resigned from the Congress. Madhavrao formed his own party, the Madhya Pradesh Vikas Congress, and even defeated Congress candidates in a subsequent election. Eventually, Congress had to persuade Madhavrao to return to its fold in 1998.
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