Raises one objection after another; blocks finalisation of candidates
BHOPAL: The Congress which is aspiring to come back to power, after a long gap of 10 years in the state, is facing a seemingly insurmountable problem. The rift between the ‘ Raja’ and the ‘ Maharaja’. Former chief minister Digvijay Singh, in the beginning of the ticket distribution process, had said that he would not recommend anybody’s name for ticket allotment. This had made state election campaign committee president Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union minister Kamalnath overjoyed and they prepared a list of candidates with mutual consultation.
However, Diggi Raja kept on raising ‘ in principle’ objections to the list. The latest objection has put Scindia and Kamalnath in a fix. Singh first persuaded MPs to raise objection over Scindia and Kamalnath attending the meeting of screening committee. That worked. Then, when Scindia tried to mount pressure for ticket allotment to his followers, Singh advocated making Observers’ report as the criterion of ticket allotment. Singh also raised the point that party leaders recommending for ticket allotment is violation of Rahul Gandhi’s directives.
Singh by citing the survey got conducted by Rahul, ensured that Scindia and Kamalnath could not manage to secure ticket for their nominees. The Central election committee, in the wake of Singh’s pressure, forwarded the list of candidates to the screening committee again.
The political moves of Singh have made Scindia nervous. Singh is annoyed over the fact that Scindia is considering himself as chief ministerial candidate without any formal declaration by the party. Singh is also not happy with Scindia