Bhopal: After a brief lull, the issue of projecting Congress’ chief ministerial face in the impending assembly polls has taken centre stage again. Rajya Sabha member Satyavrat Chaturvedi told newspersons at Mungaoli on Wednesday that the Congress should project MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as its chief ministerial candidate. “There is no tradition in the party that bars projecting any leader as the chief ministerial face”, he said.
Chaturvedi, who had reached Mungaoli to campaign in favour of the party’s by-poll candidate, said that when the party can contest elections in Punjab by projecting Captain Amarinder Singh as its chief ministerial candidate, why it cannot be done in Madhya Pradesh too. He said that if the party would not pay heed to popular aspirations, it would have only itself to blame if it fails to win the confidence of the people. He said that if Scindia is projected as the future chief minister, the BJP would be confined to only a few constituencies in the assembly polls.
Chaturvedi said that if Scindia is declared the party’s chief ministerial candidate now, it would give him enough time to tour the state, understand the political situation and meet local leaders. PCC chief Arun Yadav, AICC general secretary in-charge for Madhya Pradesh Deepak Bavaria and leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Ajay Singh have already made it clear that they are averse to the idea. Satyavrat’s assertion may further muddle the waters in the party.
Scindia and Kamal Nath are in favour of projecting a CM face. However, the Digvijay camp-followers in the state Congress do not want that the party should project any leader as its would-be chief minister.