This question can't be rubbished off easily. Chouhan is popular in his state and unlike Modi, Chouhan has no anti-Muslim image.
Earlier this year, senior BJP leader LK Advani had compared chouhan with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, BJP's most popular leader.
Raman Singh, another strong leader in BJP, has also registered a stunning feat in Chhattisgarh.
Both, Chouhan and Raman Singh, who have led their respective states for more than 10 years, are known for providing good administration and clean personal image. Colleagues say they are humble, easily accessible and affable - a praise Modi is yet to earn.
While Congress is facing dearth of strong leaders, BJP seems to have reasons enough to worry about having too many strong leaders.
BJP has always been marred by conflicts within the party. The first thing the BJP's top leaders ensured ahead of the poll campaigns was to avoid any kind of contradictory voices emerging from within the
Narendra Modi's candidature was not received well within the party high command. Leaders like LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj have always kept Modi at a distance. Many senior leaders were not very happy with Modi's emergence as a national leader.
Chouhan's feat in MP is likely to threaten Modi's supremacy in the party, as many leaders within the party might project him as a challenge to Modi. However, Chouhan has repeatedly said that he is no comparison to Modi.