The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh has named Mohan Yadav as the next Chief Minister of the state, succeeding the outgoing CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The decision was announced during the party’s legislative meeting on Monday, catching many political observers off guard.
Prominent figures within the BJP, including Narendra Singh Tomar and National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, were reportedly in the running for the coveted position. However, the party’s choice of Mohan Yadav, a relatively low-profile leader, has raised eyebrows and sparked discussions about the unexpected selection.
Mohan Yadav, aged 58, secured victory in the recent Assembly election from the Ujjain South constituency. His political journey began with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, at Ujjain University. In 1988, he rose to the position of state president of the ABVP, marking the initiation of his political career.
Yadav’s political trajectory gained momentum when he won his first Assembly election in 2013, and he continued this success by securing victories in the subsequent elections, including the one in 2023. In 2020, following the BJP’s return to power in Madhya Pradesh, he was appointed as the Higher Education Minister of the state.
In response to his appointment, Yadav expressed gratitude, saying, “I am honoured and humbled by the party’s decision to entrust me with the responsibility of leading Madhya Pradesh. I am committed to serving the people and contributing to the state’s progress.”