In a poll-bound state Madhya Pradesh, where current BJP government is facing anger from all sections of society and days after the BSP and SP declined themselves from the proposed grand alliance in Madhya Pradesh, however major opposition, Congress still looks like a potential contender in the mega contest of Madhya Pradesh.
As per the sources, the current political scenario is turning well for Congress, as several caste-based political parties (SAPAKS & JAYS) have started a massive campaigning against BJP and both the groups have also declared to field candidates for upcoming election from their respective parties. Apart from these equations, Madhya Pradesh Congress has several other factors to reach the top spot in the upcoming battle of state.
Strong Regional Presence:
Madhya Pradesh, which has several regional areas including Malwa, Bundelkhand, Baghelkhand, Mahakaushal and Gwalior-Chambal, has produced several state and national leaders for Congress. From Malwa, Rau MLA Jitu Patwari is a strong Congress face in the region and has grabbed the attention of voters in last two years. Baghelkhand has produced leaders like Ajay Singh and late Sriniwas Tiwari. Currently, Ajay Singh holds a massive support in Rewa and Satna districts, where it is expected that Congress will gain many numbers of seats in 2018 election compared to 2013 assembly election.
Madhya Pradesh Congress chief, Kamal Nath who is a member of parliament from Chhindwara in Mahakaushal region, considered as a big leader in the area and national politics too.
Kamal Nath is known as ‘leader with a vision’, his development model and political strategies are well known throughout the state.
Similarly, Bundelkhand has also produced a big name, which is well known in Bundelkhand and national politics too. Senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh is a big name in the region and has a big influence in Thakur community of the state.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, a major force in Gwalior-Chambal division is currently busy in campaigning for Congress party in Madhya Pradesh. Scindia is highly vocal on every issue related to Madhya Pradesh and claiming to become a big name in state politics.
Active Grassroots Level Workers:
Since from the inception of Kamal Nath’s leadership in state Congress committee, party workers have united in one line, as Kamal Nath assured healthy participation of workers in Congress working including candidates selection and party agendas.
As per the sources, Congress workers are actively taking part in social media activities like Facebook and Twitter live. Currently, Congress has 15,000 social media workers and 20,000 party workers are enrolled under Shakti application.
Rahul Gandhi’s Vigorous Campaigning in State:
Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched party’s election campaign for 230 seats on June 6 in Mandsaur. His another massive rally in Bhopal, further created a massive impact in the state, as Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP over various issues and stated that, BJP has adopted a callous attitude towards farmers and only made several promises, which never fulfilled. Rahul’s Chitrakoot visit also grabbed the attention of many, as holy place holds vital importance in political circles.
If one were to look at Madhya Pradesh alone, Congress looks like in a comfortable position, where BJP is trying to retain its traditional vote bank including upper castes, government employees and many more. During SAPAKS and JAYS rally also, both parties targeted BJP, providing a relief to Congress.