Bhopal, Aug 18: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, projected as a likely contender to Narendra Modi for BJP's prime ministerial candidate, on Sunday appeared to rule himself out from the race saying he was concentrating completely on Madhya Pradesh.
"A lot of things need to be done and therefore, I am concentrating completely on Madhya Pradesh, which has become my family," Chouhan said when asked about his name coming up as a possible prime ministerial candidate in party circles.
The chief minister also accused the opposition of hitting him below the belt by making baseless allegations as he launched an unusually strong attack on the Congress saying that corruption has now become its nature.
"The history of Congress is that of corruption, one after another, a series of corruption. Many a times I feel ashamed that what kind of government is ruling the country. But it appears that they are not bothered about all these things as it (corruption) has become a part of their nature," Chouhan told PTI during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in the run up to the Assembly polls slated later this year.
Asked about his party's stand on Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's alleged involvement in illegal land deals in Haryana, he said, "Normally, I don't use such terms but it appears that Congress and its leaders have no shame for it."
Justifying his counter-attacks on the Congress, Chouhan said, "Though it is not my nature, but when Opposition has started hitting me below the belt, I have no option except to hit back as everyone has a limit to tolerate these kind of things."
Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly, Ajay Singh had leveled allegations of corruption against Chouhan and his family members following which the chief minister had filed a defamation suit against Singh in a court in Bhopal.
"The Congress leaders point out fingers at others without realizing their own deeds," he said.
Chouhan expressed confidence that his party would win more number of seats than 2008 or may even cross the 2003 performance.
"I am not concerned with what recent survey reports have said, but going by the people's response to my yatra and amount of developmental works the government has done for them, they (people) feel that BJP deserves a third term in the state," Chouhan said.