BHOPAL: Though it is still two years to go for the state Assembly elections but political parties have intensified their activities. Though Bharatiya Janata Party has formed its government for three consecutive terms in the state but Congress is nowhere to be seen. The defeats in Shahdol Lok Sabha and Nepanagar Assembly bye-elections have hit the Congress hard.
With Congress becoming weak, the Communist Party of India (CPM) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are now coming to the front. These parties are conducting programmes across the state. CPM’s Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti convened a three-day convention in Bhopal, which was attended by Kerala’s chief minister Pinrai Vijayan and Vrinda Karat. AAP’s head and Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is coming to attend a ‘Parivartan Rally’ in Bhopal on December 20, to explore the possibilities of his party in the state. The visits of two ministers, who belong to Anti-BJP parties, aim at exploring new possibilities of third front in the state. Post-Uttar Pradesh elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) are also trying to increase their activities in the state.
State Congress, which was once in power for long time, is losing elections, at regular intervals under leadership of Arun Yadav. Yadav enjoys support from state in-charge Mohan Prakash and that is why, its stalwart leaders namely Kamalnath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijay Singh are not that keen in state’s politics. In this situation, the voters, who are not satisfied with BJP MLAs, may vote to other parties.
Political analysts maintain Congress and BJP are the two main parties in the state. The prospects for third front in the state are remote. At the same time, Congress does not seem to do enough to revive itself in the state. In this situation, people may go for option other than BJP or Congress, which has also happened in past in other states.