BHOPAL : The impending bye-elections in Shahdol Lok Sabha constituency, necessitated by the demise of Dalpat Singh Paraste, has become a pain in neck for the ruling BJP. The findings of an internal survey, conducted by BJP have made party leaders nervous.
The survey reveals deep resentment in people towards BJP government. The survey report states that BJP has a tough battle ahead. It has also come to fore from the report that if Himadri Singh, daughter of former Congress MP Dalbir Singh, is given ticket then it would be become even more difficult for the BJP to win this seat.
The survey report states that the condition of BJP at the ground level is critical and there is resentment against state and central governments. People are not happy with local public representatives of the BJP. A concerned BJP has assigned the responsibility to ensure victory in Shahdol to six ministers. Umashankar Gupta, Rajendra Shukla, Gaurishankar Shejwar, Gyan Singh, Gopal Bhargava and Narottam Mishra have been asked to constantly tour the constituency and instantly solve the people’s problems. These ministers have also been asked to pay attention to the works other than those related to their respective departments so that the public resentment can be reduced. The government had launched ‘Ujjawala Yojana’ from this constituency considering elections. The scheme related to distribution of bicycles to school students will also be launched from here. Principal secretaries of departments have also been asked to suggest about programmes that could be organised at Shahdol.
CM Secretariat has also issued directives to initiate disposal of problems and works demanded by MLAs of the assembly areas coming under Shahdol Lok Sabha seat.
BJP is cautious in Shahdol as the party lost Lok Sabha elections on Ratlam Jhabua seat, which is a tribal-dominated area. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is also going to start touring assembly areas under Shahdol from this month to improve the party’s fortunes.