The bye-elections of 24 seats in Madhya Pradesh have been laid. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also appointed in-charge of all seats. On the other hand, former Chief Minister Kamal Nath has added heel to the top by linking this by-election with his reputation. He is working on a strategy for equating seats in favor of Congress. Those close to Kamal Nath believe that this by-election is the last option to return to power and a chance to equalize with Shivraj. Kamal Nath is playing every political trick.
Kamal Nath’s well-known strategy is said to be behind the return of Balendu Shukla, who was very close to Jyotiraditya’s father Madhav Rao Scindia, to the Congress. Kamal Nath hopes that Balendu Shukla will bring some benefit to the Congress in Scindia’s stronghold Gwalior. If the two parties tighten the test of the 24-seat by-election, then the BJP’s path is looking easy. State President Vishnu Dutt Sharma tells the news agency with full confidence that the party will win by winning all 24 seats of the by-election.
By-elections are being held for 24 seats in 230-member Madhya Pradesh. Of this, 22 seats have been vacated by the resignation of Congress MLAs and the demise of two seats. The figure required for a clear majority is 116. Currently, BJP has 107 MLAs while Congress has 92. Thus, if the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government needs only nine seats for a clear majority, then the Congress will have to win 24 of all 24 seats. The ground report states that a clean sweep in the by-election for the Congress is a crook. Thus, the Kamal Nath government’s return to power seems difficult on the by-election.
On the Gwalior-Chambal belt, out of
the 24 assembly seats to be held by all, 16 seats are from the Gwalior-Chambal region. This is the same area where Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the BJP from the Congress, is believed to be the supremacy. BJP is trying to save seats by fighting again only Congress MLAs who resigned due to Scindia, while Congress is trying to save seats. Congress leaders are appealing for the public to teach them a lesson by calling for the betrayal of the MLAs.
Sources say that in this by-election, the position of the ruling BJP is considered strong. But, in five seats, the BJP is facing more challenges than the Congress. It has Hatpipalia in Dewas district, Sanwar in Indore district, Gwalior in Gwalior district, Sanchi in Raisen and Sarkhi seats in Sagar district. Here a situation of infighting among some local leaders of BJP is emerging. In such a situation, the Congress is trying to take advantage of the struggle within the BJP.
BJP state president VD Sharma, however, dismisses the party-like discontent with the agency. He said, “BJP is not a party but a family. Here everyone talks together. There is no conflict situation anywhere. The party will show all the seats of the by-elections on the strength of its leaders.