Both major contenders in Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, BJP and Congress are still thinking over the selection of winnable candidates for the upcoming battle. However, both the parties have received two-three candidates request on a single constituency, sources claimed. There is a fear of an internal mutiny, as neglected candidates can create a jolt within the parties.
Political experts claimed that there is a pre-planned strategy of both Congress and BJP, according to which both the parties will declare candidates after analysing the opposition’s candidates background. Following which, candidate lists are getting delayed.
Last week in New Delhi, at a three-day Congress screening committee meeting, state Congress leaders and senior leaders have finalized names and panels of around 115 seats for the upcoming assembly elections.
According to sources, there has been a dissimilarity in the opinions of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and MP Congress leaders over criteria of selection of candidates. Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia have claimed that the only criteria would be of winnability, no matter whether the candidate comes from any background. On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has specifically said that the party would consider candidature of only those who had been struggling for years in the party.
Similarly, BJP has also decided candidates for more than 100 constituencies during a meeting in Bhopal, where BJP chief Amit Shah along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP President Rakesh Singh were present. But the party is struggling with the same condition as Congress. Chances of revolt in BJP after declaring the candidates are much higher than Congress. BJP has decided to field only potential candidates for the upcoming polls.
With less than one and half month remained for assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, which is scheduled for November 28, BJP and Congress are in loggerheads with all the possible candidates. It is also expected that both parties will announce candidates after Dusshera.