"Now I am free" were the first words of former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan who just returned from tendering his resignation to the Governor at the Raj Bhavan.
Serving the state for three-terms, Chouhan conceding his defeat with humility, took all the responsibility for the defeat after falling short of the majority mark.
"I gave my resignation to the Governor. I take all responsibility of defeat. Only I am responsible for this defeat. I received a lot of love from people, and even got votes but as there was no majority so we decided that we should not try to form a government.
I congratulate Kamal Nath ji."
Earlier on Wednesday morning, Chouhan announced his resignation saying, "When no party has got a clear majority. BJP has got more votes but got less seat share. Due to the lack of a clear majority, we can't form a government. I am going to Raj Bhawan to give my resignation."
Meanwhile, after an edgy political finale in Madhya Pradesh where Congress led with 114 seats, leaving behind BJP with a close 109 seat, the winning Party claimed support of independent parties. Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav have offered their support to Congress.
Pertaining to which Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, and Jyotiraditya Scindia have sought appointment to meet the Governor to stake claim to form the government.
After Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the question still floats, who will the Congress party pick as the new Chief Minister of the state- with allegedly the race between Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
In the five state assembly elections, Congress emerged to victory by winning a considerable majority in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and in Madhya Pradesh although with a wafer-thin difference.