Bhopal: Several legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), besides some ministers, may not get tickets in the impending elections in the state. The decision came in the wake of three surveys conducted by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in the constituencies of his ministers and legislators and on the basis of the party’s experience in the assembly poll in 2013.
During the survey, it has come to light that half of the ministers have bleak winning chances. Prior to ticket distribution, a survey would again be conducted in the constituencies of these ministers. If it is found that things have not improved, then they would not be given tickets. In the previous Assembly elections, 10 ministers had to face defeat.
They include Ajay Vishnoi, Laxmikant Sharma, Ramkrishna Kusumaria, Anup Mishra, Jagannath Singh, Karan Singh, Brijendra Pratap Singh, Dashrath Lodhi, KL Agarwal and Harishankar Khatik. Chouhan had also asked some of these ministers to change their constituencies. He has also prepared a list of ministers who may lose elections this time.
The survey report of the constituencies of ministers namely Gaurishankar Shejwar, Kusum Mehadale, Gaurishankar Bisen, Rustam Singh, Rampal Singh, Maya Singh, Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya, Deepak Joshi, Lal Singh Arya, Sharad Jain, Suryaprakash Meena and Lalita Yadav is not encouraging. Shejwar may be fielded from Berasia, Bisen from Lanjhi, Rampal from Vidisha, Pavaiya from Gwalior (east), Joshi from Khategaon, Arya from Ambaha and Yadav may contest from Bada Malhara. Besides these, other ministers may be denied tickets.
There is severe resentment against these ministers in their constituencies. Some ministers, sensing the red signal, have begun paying full attention on their constituencies.
Chouhan, Tomar make poll strategy minus state chief
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar had a long meeting, which lasted for around two hours, on strategy for Assembly elections, in the absence of BJP state chief Rakesh Singh and organizational general secretary Suhas Bhagat.
Chouhan and Tomar discussed on election management. The election campaign of BJP would be focusing on the state government and achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both the leaders also discussed on district-level meetings of BJP organisation, under which the party workers, who are not active, will be given election duties.