Congress, with the objective to increase its seats tally in the state, has prepared a strategy to field its stalwart leaders from the seats where it lost last time. After fielding Digvijay Singh from Bhopal, the party is gearing up to launch its top leaders from Indore, Jabalpur and Gwalior seats.
The party is mulling over giving ticket to Vivek Tankha from Jabalpur and either Jyotiraditya Scindia or Priyadarshini Raje Scindia from Gwalior seat. Congress is looking for a prominent name from Indore seat. It is sure that Ajay Singh will be fielded from Sidhi while Arun Yadav will get ticket from Khandwa.
Apart from this, the party is also looking for winnable candidates from Vidisha, Rewa, Satna, Bhind and Morena seats. With mayor Ashok Argal from Morena joining Congress, he may be given ticket from Bhind. Scindia is backing for ticket to Ramnivas Rawat from Morena seat while Chief Minister Kamal Nath is suggesting some other name.
Rajendra Singh is facing resentment at local level at Satna. Pushpraj Singh, who recently quit Congress to join the BJP, may leave if Siddhartha Tiwari gets ticket from Rewa. It is said that Rajkumar Patel will be given ticket from Vidisha. The public representatives in Dhar are opposing ticket to former MP Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi. MLA Hira Alawa wants candidate of his choice from Dhar. Nitish Silawat, son of health minister Tulsi Silawat is facing opposition from local level in Ujjain and the picture is not clear on this seat.
So far, Congress has announced its candidates from 9 seats and it has yet to decide on 20 seats. The party may announce its candidates on some more seats in a couple of days. Kamal Nath would decide about the candidates after discussion with all leaders for the seats, where there is resentment at the local level.