Bhopal | Jagran News Desk: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday took oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for the fourth time, bringing an end to the month-long politicial crisis in the state.

The 61-year-old BJP leader was sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhawan at 9 pm.

Before taking oath, Chouhan on Monday said that his main aim as the chief minister would be to stop the deadly coronavirus from spreading.

"As a BJP worker, I'll work honestly for development of MP. But right now the aim is to stop spread of COVID-19. I've appealed to party workers to not celebrate the oath-taking ceremony and not come out on streets. They should stay at home and pray for the newly formed government," he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.  

Chouhan was earlier in the day elected leader of the state BJP legislature party at its meeting here. Due to the coronavirus situation, no BJP leader fron Delhi travelled to Bhopal for the legislature party meeting, though the party's central observers Arun Singh and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe participated through video conferencing.

Popularly known among his followers as 'Mamaji', Chouhan was sworn in chief minister of Madhya Pradesh thrice earlier - in 2005, after Uma Bharti stepped down over a riots case, and for later two full terms in 2008 and 2013.

He stepped down after the Congress won a narrow majority in the December 2018 Assembly elections, after which the Kamal Nath government came to power.

Stumped by the rebellion of party colleague Jyodiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP and resignations of 22 Congress MLAs, Nath resigned as chief minister last week, paving way for Chouhan's return.

"Over the last 15 months, I have worked for the progress of Madhya Pradesh. BJP got 15 years but I only got 15 months, but during this time people of Madhya Pradesh know the conspiracy that BJP has indulged in. From day one, BJP began plotting," said Nath before resigning as CM.

(With PTI inputs) 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma