Shivraj Singh Chouhan (left) and CM Kamal Nath
Shivraj Singh Chouhan (left) and CM Kamal Nath

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress are forced to make separate plans for each seat for the by-elections.

The BJP can fathom the voter’s anger against party-hoppers in a few seats. Likewise, there is annoyance against the Congress’s 15-month rule in some constituencies.

Not only that, there is bitterness among people against the BJP’s six-month rule in the state and against the Central Government’s in a few seats.

Apart from that, there are local issues in each seat.

To please the BJP workers in Surkhi, Hatpiplya, Sanchi and Anuppur has become a big challenge for the ruling party.

The Congress is facing the similar problem in Bamhori, Mehgaon, Karera and Bada Malhera.

In Surkhi, local BJP workers are angry with party candidate Govind Singh Rajput.

During the Congress’s 15-month rule, Rajput harassed the BJP workers to the hilt. For this reason, the party workers are not ready to work for Rajput, despite top leader’s pressure.

In Hatpiplya, former minister Deepak Joshi is campaigning for the party, but his supporters have not yet come out of their homes.

Gouri Shanker Shejwar and BJP candidate Prabhuram Choudhary have always been rivals in this area.

Therefore, Shejwar’s supporters will campaign for Choudhary only after the former gives an indication to them to do that.

Similar is the situation for BJP candidate Bisahulal Singh in Anuppur.

Singh and former legislator Ramlal Rautel are sworn enemies. Rautel’s supporters are keeping a distance from campaigning for Singh.

In Bamhori, the Congress workers are not working with their full strength for party candidate KL Agarwal.

The Congress leaders and Agarwal locked horns earlier. According to Congress workers, some party man should have been given ticket from this constituency.

In Mehgaon, Congress candidate Hemant Katare has to bring workers from Ater for electioneering. The Congress workers in Mehgaon are not ready to campaign for Katare.

The situation for the Congress candidate Pragilal from Karera is no different. The party workers wanted that Shakuntala Khatig should have been fielded from this seat.

As Khatig did not get ticket, she joined the BJP, and her supporters have stayed away from campaigning.

Congress candidate from Bada Malhera, Ramsiya Bharti, is counting on outsiders.

BSP another problem

The Bahujan Samaj Party has made the Congress and the BJP edgy in many seats, since it is set to slice a chunk of votes of both parties.

The BSP is on a strong wicket in Morena, Mehgaon and Bhander. In Bada Malhera, Gohad, Gwalior East, Ambah, Joura and in a few other seats, the party is in a position to secure a huge amount votes. Therefore, the local equation has become very important in the ensuing by-elections.

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