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BHOPAL: The failure of the district administration, that led to the stampede in Ratangarh Temple at Datia might prove costly to the BJP, which is going the whole hog to ensure its victory in the coming assembly elections.

The tragedy has had a wide impact in the 6 districts of Gwalior and Chambal divisions. The resentment among the people and their anger towards administration and police does not augur well for the ruling party from the election point of view.

Those who died in the Ratangarh stampede were mainly from the areas coming under Sheopur, Morena and Bhind districts of Chambal region and Datia, Gwalior and Shivpuri of Gwalior division of the state. A significant number of devotees who died were from Uttar Pradesh too.

There has been immense resentment in people and among the kin of the deceased and the wounded in the incident. Congress has already got success in creating favourable environment in Gwalior and Chambal regions with Jyotiraditya Scindia getting the reins of election campaigning. The Ratangarh Temple mishap has created resentment in people towards the ruling party and its impact might be seen in the elections.

The negative role of police in this incident has also created resentment in the public. Most police officers were posted on the recommendations of the BJP leaders here and the resentment towards police and administration is bound to hit the BJP. From election point of view, there are 27 constituencies in these 6 districts of which the BJP holds 12. The BJP was expecting to increase its tally of seats in the coming elections but the mishap might play spoilsport.

Congress has made Ratangarh mishap as an election issue. Scindia, addressing Congress rallies on Tuesday, said that the existing state government could not give protection to the devotees. Scindia held the state government responsible for the 200 deaths. It is clear that the Congress will strongly raise this issue in the elections.

BJP state president Narendra Singh Tomar and ministers namely Narottam Mishra, Anup Mishra and Narayan Singh Kushwaha hail from this region and they are now in damage control mode.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan by suspending Datia collector, SP, SDM and SDOP has tried to control the situation but the resentment in the families of the deceased might prove dear to the BJP in elections.

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