Reverse pitch for BJP in Madhya Pradesh puts Congress on behind foot

By Sriram Karri

INDORE, APRIL 19, 2019: The Parliamentary competition in a collateral city of Bhopal has acquired a media seductiveness homogeneous of an IPL final. Here, former two-term arch apportion and almighty controversy’s child Digvijaya Singh, stately scion of Raghogarh, is behind in electoral ravel after a self-imposed decade-long ‘electoral sanyas’ after better in a Assembly in 2003, and will face Ms Pragya Singh Thakur, aka Sadhvi Pragya, a Hindu sanyasin who was arrested over apprehension charges though transparent recently.

Faultline Religion

The Bhopal competition reveals a logline outline of a incomparable quarrel for a 29 Lok Sabha seats during interest in a state; where in 2014 a Modi call helped a BJP take home 27 of them, and is praying for a nearby repeat, while a Congress, that brought down a three-term state supervision of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a Assembly polls in Dec final year, hopes that anti-incumbency will give it an edge.

More importantly, a Digvijaya-Pragya duel is a giveaway to a executive error line of a account that will browbeat a polls here – sacrament and nationalism – overarching all other bread-and-butter issues, that even a cursory transport of a few days opposite a few provinces lays unclothed – agrarian distress, jobs, miss of attention and a amicable infrastructure distant behind times.

Diggi Raja, a former Congress CM who was once dubbed a ‘political guru’ of Rahul Gandhi, is famous as a clever anti-RSS voice nationally, who has mostly stormy saffron feathers with his argumentative statements, job them ‘killers of a Mahatma’ to ‘Hindu terrorists’, even as members of a BJP-RSS parivar have small perplexity in job him out as a pitch of all wrong in Congress – Muslim-appeasing and anti-national who sing a ‘tunes of Pakistan’.


For over dual decades, we have argued that those who know both Gujarat and MP, would permit that Madhya Pradesh has a stronger paint of saffron in a heart than any other. Out here, Hinduism is a given primacy, not an emanate of debate. It was in MP’s bigoted domestic existence – of a accepted and ubiquitously sincere Hindu symbolism and a vast Muslim adults – that a need to heed between a good Hindu contra bad Hindu was born.

Congress in MP is Hindu, usually as many as a BJP, since everybody in a state has to – even those debating physical issues like jobs and rancher distress, have to initial denote and infer their obsequiousness to a religion.

As we transport opposite Malwa and Neemad regions, immature people between ages of 18 to 23 years, many of them initial time voters, emphasised strongly that ‘they could wait for aloft education, jobs and healthcare, though not a Ram temple.’

At Khandwa, we accommodate Arun Yadav and Sachin Yadav, immature leaders and brothers, and a inheritors of a bequest of a many distinguished domestic name in a region, their father late Subhashchandra Yadav.

Elder hermit Arun, a two-time Lok Sabha MP, who served as a youth apportion in a Dr Manmohan Singh government, gained ever larger traction when as a PCC chief, he took on though mislaid to Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Budhni in a final public elections. Sachin, who won, and is now a Agriculture Minister of MP, says a choosing in MP is about promises.

“The people of MP will select between a unsuccessful promises of BJP contra a promises kept by Congress within 100 days of entrance to power, including loan waivers for farmers, shortening electricity bills by half and pensions for comparison citizens,” pronounced Sachin Yadav, cultivation minister, who voiced confidence, his elder hermit Arun Yadav would win in Khandwa –because of his grassroots-level popularity.


Speaking to supporters of a opposition during Khandwa, reveals a genuine choice – a BJP banks not on a memory of anything finished during Mr Chouhan’s three-terms as CM though on a romantic interest of primary apportion Narendra Modi.

“We know Arun bhai (Yadav) is a clever candidate. Our incumbent, Nand Kumar Singh, is a bad candidate, with bad opening who has finished little, though we will win on a aphorism –
Nandu ek majboori hain, Modi ka aana jaroori hain (Nandu is a compromise, we need Modi back),” pronounced Ankur bhaiya.

Aditya Kasliwal, distinguished vehicle businessman in Indore, who runs a Kasliwal Honda and Kasliwal Hyundai, explains, “People of MP adore a BJP, they adore Modi. They wish Modi to continue his good work. The impulse Congress is back, we have energy cuts. Corruption will start again. No one will cruise a internal candidates. It is usually about Modi.”

When quizzed about Modi’s mercantile performances, Mr Kasliwal says, “He has finished a lot to change a system, not only growth. His moves (GST, bank accounts, penury bill) will give results. People in MP know it. There is a transparent retreat pitch of mood – people have lost Assembly result, BJP will get 25-26 seats here.”

In a prestigious chair of Indore, stream Lok Sabha Speaker and eight-term MP, Sumitra Mahajan, India’s longest portion lady Parliamentarian, has opted out of a race, creation it open for dual new contestants to quarrel it out.

Kripal Singh Saini, a distinguished internal amicable figure, who is ancillary Pankaj Sanghvi, a Congress claimant from Indore, says, “The Congress is building on a new fulfilment that a BJP is all about slogans. It breached a installation final year. The opinion will be for a new India, a new MP, and a new Indore. Rejection of all wrong in a past with BJP that did not work means we will give Congress a biggest cube of seats in India.”

(The author is a author of ‘Autobiography of a Mad Nation and The Spiritual Supermarket’, a columnist and a domestic analyst.)

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