The release of list of candidates of Congress is getting delayed, courtesy its sitting MLAs who are not ready to give up their claim to ticket despite being given negative marking in the party survey. Congress state president Kamal Nath had claimed that the list of candidates would be released in the last week of September but now it is expected to come after Dussehra. The report of the survey conducted by Nath on some seats was not up to the expectations but the political godfathers of the sitting MLAs are insisting on giving them ticket. This has brought things to a standstill.
The report has termed the condition of Imarti Devi from Dabra, Shakuntala Devi from Karera, Chanda Gaur from Khargapur, Fundelal Marco from Pushprajgarh, Onkar Markam from Dindori, Sanjay Uikey from Baihar, Madhu Bhagat from Paraswara, Govardhan Upadhaya from Seronj,Vijay Singh Solanki from Bhagwanpura and Ramesh Patel from Barwani as critical. Now, the political godfathers of these MLAs are using their clout to ensure that latter get the ticket. The party has decided not to field some MLAs but in some cases, it is considering to change their seats.
Ramnivas Rawat, who is MLA from Vijaypur, wants to contest elections from Sabalgarh. Congress does not have any strong candidate from Vijaypur and this is complicating the situation. Hemant Katare, who won bypolls from Ater seat, was embroiled in allegations in the recent past. Though the girl had given statement in favour of the MLA but the matter is subjudice. Scindia is backing Katare for ticket. The Congress MP from Guna is also not in favour of denying ticket to Imarti Devi but there is lack of consensus on it. In the 2013 Assembly polls, most of the sitting MLAs of Congress had lost the elections. In the light of this fact, the formula of not to give ticket to sitting MLAs was prepared but the implementation of the formula seems to be difficult amidst pressure from party’s top leaders. Sources in Congress maintain that most of the sitting MLAs will be given ticket which may prove harmful for the party.