Bhopal: BJP on sticky wicket in Kolaras; neck-and-neck contest in Mungaoli

Bhopal: The poll scenario in the Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly constituencies has undergone a sea change since the distribution of tickets.  Kolaras, which was being considered a cakewalk for the BJP, is now proving to be a tough contest. In Mungaoli, the BJP is a better placed, but there too, the Congress seems to have an edge.

Apprehending that the party may bite the dust in both the constituencies, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and 16 ministers have jumped into campaigning. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and national BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya too have joined them. About 40 BJP leaders are campaigning for the party in the two constituencies. Till the close of campaigning, Chouhan is expected to spend most of his time in the poll-bound area.

In Kolaras, the BJP is in trouble because of internal sabotage. The local party leaders have not taken the candidature of Devendra Jain kindly and are working against him from behind the curtain. The Congress, on the other hand, is united, thanks to MP Jyotiraditya Scindia. No Congress leader in the area can dare go against the wish of Scindia and the party candidate Mohan Yadav is bound to get advantage of this.

In Mungaoli, BJP candidate Baisaheb Deshraj Singh seems to have an advantage over the Congress nominee Brijendra Yadav. Scindia-acolyte K P Yadav quitting the Congress has also strengthened the hands of the BJP. The two parties are evenly matched here.

Chouhan addressed about 11 public meetings at Kolaras on Thursday and also staged a road show. Addressing a meeting at Bhairon Ki Rai, Chouhan asked the people to give him only five months. “What could not be done in four years will be done in four months,” he said, adding, “If I do not fulfil my promise, don’t vote for the BJP in the assembly polls.”

Scindia is pouring scorn on chief minister at his public meetings. “When the Badauta village in Kolaras was ravaged by floods, it was I who had helped to get the army for relief and rescue operations. Where was Chouhan then?” he asked. He said that for the past three months, Kolaras seems to have become the capital of the state. From the chief minister to the ministers everyone is camping here. “Just ask these gentlemen what they did for the people of the area in last past four years,” he said.

Deal has been struck, claims former BJP MLA

Former BJP MLA Omprakash Khatik, addressing a public meeting at Kolaras on Thursday, said that “A deal has been struck and things would become clear in the days to come.” He did not elaborate regarding the nature and the parties to the deal. He said that he had visited Mungaoli along with a senior Congress leader a day earlier.

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