Bhartiya Janta Party, who always attacked Congress on various issues including dynasty politics and recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stated that “Even after independence three generations of a family had controlled the country’s politics, but that situation has changed now”.
Earlier in October 2018, BJP Chief Amit Shah also clearly stated that “Leaders should not expect tickets for their family members”.
But, it seems like Madhya Pradesh BJP has taken a U-turn on dynasty politics and several senior leaders are projecting their kin in upcoming electoral battle.
Madhya Pradesh BJP has so far declared all the 230 candidates for upcoming polls, including Akash Kailash Vijayvargiya son of National BJP general secretary and Mhow MLA Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Soon after the declaration of fielding Akash Vijayvargiya from Indore (3) constituency under the banner of BJP, several remarks made against BJP and Kailash Vijayvargiya over dynasty politics and further, BJP general secretary stated that
“Is it a crime to be born in a political family? Kin of politicians can also enter politics. If a member of a political family proves himself and demands ticket on the basis of his credentials, it is his right to do so.”
“BJP does not support dynastic politics unlike the Congress where only a member of the Gandhi family runs the party irrespective of his political eligibility”, Vijayvargiya added.
Apart from Kailash Vijayvargiya, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were also seeking tickets for their sons.
Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Gwalior, Narendra Singh Tomar, who is a close aide of BJP Chief Amit Shah and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too, has demanded the ticket for his son Devendra Pratap Singh, aka Ramu from Dimani in Morena district. As per the sources, state leaders have agreed to field Devendra Pratap Singh in upcoming polls, but due to some unknown reasons, Tomar’s son suffered the denial.
Lok Sabha Speaker and Member of Parliament from Indore, Sumitra Mahajan is aggressively making efforts to field her son Mandaar Mahajan from Indore (3) constituency, but a cold war between Sumitra Mahajan and Kailash Vijayvargiya has increased worries of BJP and finally, Mandaar did not make to the final candidates’ list of BJP.
There are reports that Sumitra Mahajan is not happy with tickets distribution system in Madhya Pradesh and especially in Malwa region, sources claimed.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who always slammed Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and many more over dynasty politics, is now facing embarrassment over Madhya Pradesh BJP’s U-turn on the issue.