Bhopal: Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be administered the oath of office as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh for the fourth time by Governor Lalji Tandon at Raj Bhawan tonight, 23 March 2020 .
Chouhan was elected leader of BJP Legislative Party at a meeting of BJP legislators held at the BJP headquarters here on Monday evening.
The BJP is returning to power in the State after 15 months of Congress rule. After the 2018 general election to the State Assembly, Congress party, though it lacked majority formed the government with the support of Independent, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs. The Congress Government led by Kamal Nath plunged into crisis earlier this month after Jyotiraditya Scindia dumped the Congress and joined BJP and 22 of his loyal Ruling party MLAs, including 6 cabinet ministers also resigned. Kamal Nath was unrelenting and chose to avoided the Governor’s instruction to go for a floor test.
The political wheel went full circle when the Supreme Court, responding to a petition by Chouhan, ordered a floor test and without facing the acid test Nath submitted his resignation, which was immediately accepted by the Governor.