An Inconvenient Truth: Kamal Nath Becoming Madhya Pradesh CM Will Not Erase His Role in 1984

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An Inconvenient Truth: Kamal Nath Becoming Madhya Pradesh CM Will Not Erase His Role in 1984

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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fter 15 years of BJP rule, Madhya Pradesh will finally get a CM not named Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Congress managed to defeat the government in the state by keeping their options for CM open, a strategy which mobilised followers of both potential candidates – Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. But now, with the BSP helping the Congress form the government, the time for subterfuge has passed. Kamal Nath can pop open the champagne, because Rahul Gandhi has anointed him as the next CM of Madhya Pradesh.

The election results were momentous, especially for those waiting for the BJP’s first clear slip-up since 2014. And in the afterglow of the victory, so many people were overjoyed to see the back of the BJP, they didn’t quite realise who they were letting back in through the door. The Congress might present itself as a secular party, devoid of the BJP’s communal trappings, but the presence of leaders like Nath in their ranks point to a darker history.

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