Madhya Pradesh assembly elections which are expected to set the tone for 2019 Loksabha elections, has created an atmosphere of insecurity within some Members of Parliament (MPs) of the state. BJP, who won 26 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh during 2014 Loksabha elections, is facing massive resentment against sitting MPs over various issues and sources claimed that BJP Chief Amit Shah would axe several incumbent MPs tickets.
Parliamentarians’ have earlier showcased their ambitions of occupying high office in Madhya Pradesh and following which, several MPs are eyeing on contesting assembly elections, sources claimed. Anoop Mishra, MP from Morena, Manohar Utawal, MP from Dewas and many more have shown their eagerness to contest upcoming battle. Anoop Mishra, who is a relative of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, earlier served as a cabinet minister and has fair chances of getting a ticket from either Gwalior or Morena constituency.
Mandla MP Faggan Singh Kulaste, Alok Sanjar MP from Bhopal, Rajgarh’s Rodmal Nagar, Ujjain’s Chintamani Malviya, Mandsaur’s Sudheer Gupta and Shahdol’s Gyan Singh are among the ticket seekers for assembly elections.
Apart from Loksabha members, there is a Rajyasabha MP named Ajay Pratap Singh, who is also willing to contest against Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh assembly Ajay Singh. Ajay Pratap Singh is considered as a close aide of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
If BJP registers another victory in Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is likely to continue as chief minister. Conversely, Congress is looking to end its 15 years of exile in the state, under the leadership of Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.