Before and after Chitrakoot, there have been 10 Bypolls since 2013 and Shivraj Singh Chauhan government has managed to win 9 out of 10. However, the results of Ater and Chitrakoot Assembly constituencies just a year before 15th Assembly elections have surprised the BJP. Congress managed to win both Assembly seats in spite of major Poll management by the CM and the party. Congress has also gained significant Vote share in recently held Urban Local Body Polls too.
Due to the untimely death of MLAs of Kolaras and Mungaoli Assembly Constituencies, ECI has announced Bypolls for these 2 seats just 6-8 months before Assembly Polls. Both Seats have been with Congress and Electors have voted for Congress in Assembly as well as Loksabha Elections 2014.
These Bypolls have too much significance attached to miss. Since the announcement of Bypolls both National Parties have put all their efforts as these two elections will help the parties to gauge the mood of the electors for the assembly polls and these Bypolls are precursor to an important battle coming at the end of this year.
This election is very significant for Congress as well as MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as both constituencies were held by Congress and both fall within Guna Loksabha constituency, represented by Jyotiraditya Scindia currently – The tradition stronghold of Scindia’s. The challenge for congress is not only to retain both the seats but expand the margin so as to boost the prospects of the party for upcoming assembly polls as Bhopal’s has eluded congress party for long now. Overall, Congress party is in buoyed mood due to results of three Bypolls of Rajasthan and result of Gujarat Assembly Polls and state unit wants to multiply the sweetness.
This Bypoll is also has great importance for BJP and state CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Party wants to win both the seats as winning assembly seats of Guna Loksabha will send a bigger message to the opposition. BJP has lost 2 Bypolls back to back so, this win will help to ease the pressure of anti – incumbency and will strengthen their Mission 200 – the target set by them for 2018 assembly Polls. BJP wants to send the message across to Congress that CM and governance model has a lot of potential and can win the next assembly poll in spite of challenges thrown by Scindia.
Both Scindia and Chauhan have led this fiercely fought contest and it has become a prestige fight for both the leaders and parties. The win by congress here will give the state unit ample boost to go for assembly polls and to project the state unit as uniform force to challenge BJP. BJP on the other hand, is trying hard to snatch both seats from Congress as it has deployed all its resources, leaders and CM himself to win these two seats in order to showcase the 14 years of governance have gone well with the Electors.
Now, all eyes are on voting pattern tomorrow and Date of Counting i.e 28th February.
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