Ahead of assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with BJP State President Rakesh Singh is in loggerheads with possible contestants for the electoral battle, Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma is likely to contest election from Govindpura constituency under the banner of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), sources claimed. Alok Sharma is considered as a close aide of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and pertaining to the proven track record of Sharma as Bhopal mayor, BJP would give the opportunity to the Sharma, sources added.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan before leaving for New Delhi on Monday launched BJP’s mass contact campaign from Govindpura, where Alok Sharma participated with several supporters.
Apart from Alok Sharma, chairman of state tourism corporation Tapan Bhaumik and former mayor of Bhopal and daughter-in-law of former Chief Minister Babulal Gaur, Krishna Gaur are also willing to contest from Govindpura constituency.
Earlier media reports suggested that during RSS survey in Madhya Pradesh it was pointed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should contest election from Govindpura constituency rather than Budhni, which is a traditional seat of former Chief Minister Babulal Gaur.
Babulal Gaur, who is above 88 years of age, has also expressed his ambition to fight from Govindpura constituency, however, due to age factor party will replace him most likely with Alok Sharma, sources claimed.
On October 27 Babulal Gaur visited the Madhya Pradesh BJP headquarters in Bhopal and staked his claim for Govindpura seat in front of party officials. Gaur is sitting MLA from the constituency and a 10-time legislator in a row. As a fact, Govindpura is one of the strongest constituencies of BJP in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh polls 2018 are scheduled for November 28 and results will be declared on December 11.