Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stepped up efforts to woo all sections of the society, with the assembly election in Madhya Pradesh about six months away. He will distribute Rs 1,000 each to about 1.25 crore women of the state under the ‘Mukhya Mantri Ladli Behna Yojana’ at Jabalpur on June 10, towards that end.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan will distribute the first installment of the ambitious scheme which was launched on March 5, 2023. The scheme was launched under the Women and child development department with the objective of enabling the economic independence of women in the state, sustained improvement in their health and nutrition levels, and strengthening their decision-making role within the family.
Launching the scheme, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the women will not have to depend on others for small expenditures as their “Shivraj Bhaiya” is with them.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Ladli Behen Yojna
Under the scheme, Rs 1,000 will be provided every month to women who are residents of the state, are between 23 to 60 years of age, and are married (including widowed, divorced, and separated women). The money will be transferred to their Aadhaar linked-bank accounts every month from June onwards.
There are 1.89 crore women in the age group of 23 to 60 years in the state. Out of this, 1.25 crore women (66.14%) will be benefitted out of the scheme for which Rs 80,000 crore has been earmarked in the state’s budget.
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is popular by the nickname of Mama has launched a number of schemes for women, girls, and boys in the state. He takes pride in calling himself the brother of every woman and maternal uncle of every boy and girl of the state.
Jabalpur has become the center of political activities. Two days after Chouhan’s program, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will sound the poll bugle by addressing a rally on June 12 at Jabalpur itself.
Kamal Nath was the Congress’s state president during the 2018 Madhya Pradesh assembly election. Jyotiraditya Scindia was the party’s state election campaign committee chairperson.
The Congress emerged as the single largest party in a hung assembly. It won 114 of the total 230 seats. It fell short of an absolute majority by just two seats.
The BJP came a close second by winning 109 seats. At 41.02%, the BJP’s vote share was marginally higher than that of the Congress which garnered 40.89% votes.
Both Kamal Nath, 71 at that time, and Scindia, who was 47, staked claim for the CM’s post. They met the then Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who preferred experience over age. As a result, Kamal Nath was sworn in as the CM, and a Congress government was formed with the support of other MLAs, including two of the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
In March 2020, Scindia resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP along with 22 MLAs who were loyal to him. This caused the downfall of the 15-month-old government led by Kamal Nath.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan again became the MP CM and formed the government. Most of the Scindia loyalists fought the byelection on the BJP ticket and won. The BJP got an absolute majority after, what is called, ‘Operation Lotus’.
Later, Scindia was awarded the civil aviation portfolio in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.
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