Updated June 9th, 2024 at 23:11 IST

Shivraj Singh Chouhan Takes Oath as Cabinet Minister

Shivraj Singh Chouhan became the Union cabinet minister for the first time in his more than three-decade-long political career.

Reported by: Isha Bhandari
Shivraj Singh Chouhan became the Union cabinet minister for the first time in his more than three-decade-long political career. | Image:R Bharat
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New Delhi: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the BJP leader and four-time Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, ascended to a new role on Sunday as he took the oath as a Union Cabinet Minister. 

Amid resounding cheers, Chouhan was among the first five ministers sworn in after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oath, heralding his entry into the central government. 

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While the decision on portfolios is pending, Chouhan's elevation marks a significant milestone in his political career.

Who is Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Born into a Kirar farmer's family in Jait village in 1959, Chouhan's journey to prominence began with his early involvement in the RSS and student politics during the 1970s and 80s. He notably participated in the underground movement against the Emergency, displaying early signs of leadership and activism.

Chouhan's political trajectory reached new heights with his tenure as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, earning him the endearing titles of 'Mama' and 'Bhaiyya' among the people. Despite a brief hiatus from the chief ministerial position, Chouhan made a triumphant return by securing a massive victory from the Vidisha constituency in the 2023 Lok Sabha elections, attributing his success to the overwhelming support of the people.

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Renowned for his welfare schemes such as the Laadli Laxmi Yojana, which garnered widespread acclaim and contributed to the BJP's electoral victories in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan's popularity transcends regional boundaries.

Chouhan's foray into power politics began in 1990 when he was elected to the state assembly from the Budhni constituency, followed by his successful stint as a Member of Parliament from Vidisha. His leadership qualities were further recognized when he assumed the role of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister in 2005, serving multiple terms and earning the distinction of being the longest-serving Chief Minister of the state.

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Published June 9th, 2024 at 19:44 IST