Ahead of assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, BJP is trying hard to remain in power and recently, the party did a survey over 230 constituencies of state, where report raised massive challenges for state unit. The survey report came as a squall for around 30 sitting MLAs, who according to the survey did not perform well. The report also stated a distress within the party, over leadership and party’s roadmap.
Currently, BJP has 165 MLAs in assembly and the report of cutting tickets of 30 MLAs has created a problem for the party, as it may arise a mutiny within the party. Ramlal, BJP general secretary, also confirmed the reports of denying tickets to several sitting MLAs of Madhya Pradesh and also have spoken to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the issue, where CM showcased his concerned on the issue, as it could cause harm to the party.
The biggest fear of BJP is pertaining to senior leaders, who are also included in the report. As per the sources, there are three senior leaders, who have a massive influence in their community and region, however, they could be axed in upcoming polls.
Narendra Kushwaha, is the sitting MLA from Bhind constituency, who holds a massive support from Kushwaha community in Gwalior-Chambal region is on the verge of getting axed, BJP state president, Rakesh Singh is speaking to Rakesh Chaturvedi, who joined BJP after resigning from Congress in 2013 and Congress rebel, Chaturvedi could be projected from Bhind.
Sartaj Singh, is the sitting MLA from Seoni-Malwa, hails from Sikh community and considered as a Sikh face of BJP in Madhya Pradesh. After facing a row over age limit from party centre leadership, Sartaj Singh resigned from the ministerial post. Following that, Singh started a campaign against BJP and alleged that “BJP sells party’s tickets”. As per the sources, Udai Pratap Singh, MP from Hoshangabad is eyeing on the Singh’s constituency and had expressed his intentions to the BJP leadership.
Babulal Gaur is the sitting MLA from Govindpura constituency in Bhopal and also served as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He also became a victim of over age issue and asked to resign from cabinet. Further, he started a negative campaign against BJP and stated that BJP will not retain the same number of seats in upcoming polls, as it retained in 2013 election. Krishna Gaur, the daughter-in-law of Babulal Gaur, is the main contender of Govindpura seat and Krishna has been seen opposing Babulal Gaur at various occasions.
As per the reports, there are many MPs are also willing to contest the election in upcoming polls including Phaggan Singh Kulaste, Laxminarayan Yadav, Anoop Mishra, Ganesh Singh, Gyan Singh, Alok Sanjar, Manohar Untwaal and Nandkumar Singh Chouhan.
Also, as per the latest reports, BJP state unit is in loggerheads with several sitting MLAs, who could be denied tickets as per the survey reports.