Why has this simple, natural activity become so unnatural in India?He could not establish a majority in the Assembly election. But his individual popularity remains intact. Even after 15 years of rule, his party missed the majority mark by a whisker. His party has lost around 20 seats (out of a total of 240) by a margin of fewer than 500 votes.
No other party has crossed the majority mark either. Even then, he has not put his claim for chief ministership. Instead, he has tendered his resignation silently. And within 36 hours of tendering his resignation, this respected and popular political leader has vacated his chief ministerial bungalow. Not a single electric light has been taken. Every fixture is intact. Not even a single rose in the garden has been plucked. He left without creating any drama.
The simple act of 'Mama-ji' is quite natural. There is nothing spectacular about it. But, in present-day India, such simple, a natural thing has become so unnatural that people don't stop talking about it.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Mama-ji) is more respected when he vacates the Chief Minister's residence without any delay. We can hope that people of his state would again understand his contribution and bring him back at the helm of Madhya Pradesh very early.