The possessor of a polite image, mild-speak- ing, uncontrived and simple-mannered Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hat-trick in electoral victory at Madhya Pradesh emerged as the second most popular leader in the saffron party after BJP prime ministerial nominee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr Chouhan is occupying his post for the past eight years and BJP contested the Assembly polls for the second successive time under his leadership. The
Chief Minister has made the saffron party reach the vicinity of two-thirds majority and it is being openly admitted that he islikely to play a major part in national politics.
After the results’ picture became crystal as counting progressed, this was clearly indicated by BJP General Secretary and state In-charge Ananth Kumar who said, “Mr Chouhan who has become an icon of hopes, aspirations and per-
formance will play a key role in the general elections.” Born to ryot Prem Singh Chouhan and Sundarbai on March 9, 1959 in neighbouring Sehore District’s Jait village on the Narmada River’s bank, Mr Chouhan secured a gold medal in
Master of Arts (Philosophy) from the city-based Barkatullah University.
In 1992, he was married to SadhnaSingh who hails from Maharashtra’s
Gondia. The couple have two sons.
In 1975, Mr Chouhan served as president of the Students’ Union at
TT Nagar’s Model Higher Secondary School. He participated in the underground movement against the Emergency and was incarcerated here in 1976-77.
Mr Chouhan was jailed on several occasions for agitations towards solving public woes. Since 1977, he is a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member. In 1977-78, Mr Chouhan served as the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s secretary (organisation) and was the ABVP’s Madhya Pradesh joint secretary from 1978-80. From 1980-82, he served as the ABVP’s state general secretary, as its National Executive member from 1982-83, as Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha joint secretary from 1984-85, as the BJYM’s state gen secretary from 1985-88 and as itsstate chief from 1988-91. Mr Chouhan was elected to the Vidhan Sabha for the first time in 1990 from Budhni and made his maiden
entry into the Lok Sabha from Vidisha the following year as the successor of BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee. From 1992-94, he served as the BJP
state gen secretary. In 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 he was reelected from Vidisha. From 2000-03 he was BJYM resident and served as BJP secretary during the period. In 2005, he was appointed BJP state head.
On November 29, 2005, he was sworn in as Chief Minister. He was a BJP star campaigner for electing the state’s 13th Assembly. Mr Chouhan began his second term on December 12, 2008. Despite his hectic schedule, he takes time off to watch films. His favourite sports are kabaddi, cricket and volleyball.