Internal fault lines in Congress are becoming more and more apparent with every passing day. Certain of the party returning to power in the state after 15- year exile, supporters of state party president Kamal Nath and MP Jyotiradity Scindia are raising pitch for their respective leader to be appointed chief minister.
In a meeting of party candidates on Thursday, MLA Nishank Jain demanded that Nath be appointed chief minister. Seconding his demand, MLA Tarun Bhanot said that as per Congress tradition, state party president is always appointed chief minister. A number of party candidates backed the demand. Not to be left behind, Scindia’s followers too have raised the ante for Guna MP as CM.
A few of them have even offered to vacate their seat for him. Kolaras MLA Mahendra Singh Yadav, who is batting for Scindia, has openly declared, “I will be happy to vacate my seat for Scindia.” Party candidate from Morena, Raghuraj Kansana and party candidate from Dimni Girraj Dandotia too backed ‘Scindia as CM’ demand and offered to vacate their seats. Ater MLA Hemant Katare said Scindia was the face of youth and should be appointed as CM.
However, he was quick to add that any decision taken by the party high command would be acceptable to all. Refuting any conflict in the party over CM name, MLA Govind Singh claimed that it was personal opinion of MLAs. Nath himself has not staked claim over chief ministership, said the MLA. “In 1993, MLAs had elected Digvijaya Singh as leader.
This time too, the legislators will elect their leader,” he said. Meanwhile, Nath has asked MLAs and party workers to wait till election results. However, he did not rule out himself from the CM race. The open display of loyalty to leaders has irked Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha. He said, “Those who are raising this demand were not even MLAs,” he said.