Congress can shun but can’t ignore  Digvijaya Singh

Indore: Conveying a message to people that Digvijaya Singh is no longer on the forefront of its politics, the Congress realised soon that it can’t contest, forget winning, assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh sans help of former chief minister. Also, that the two leaders – MPCC president Kamal Nath and election campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia — it is projecting as probable chief ministerial candidates have their limitations. The duo leaders, put together, do not have in their camps candidates across the state for contesting elections. Resultantly, the screening committee of the Congress led by Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday evening invited Digvijaya Singh asking him to suggest names of winnable candidates. Earlier, the former CM was marginalised by the party to an extent that he had found no mention in hoardings and posters installed at BHEL ground during Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Bhopal for blowing poll bugle.

The Congress wanted him to be out of the state elections but when it came to selecting candidates for polls, the party realised that Singh is the only person who has network across the state. “His camp has members even at block level. It is because of this reason, he was called to attend the screening committee meeting and his suggestions in the selection process were sought,” a party functionary said wishing anonymity. Sources said that Digvijaya initially denied suggesting any candidate but later shared his views when Kamal Nath requested him to help the screening committee in the selection process. Congress sidelined Digvijaya Singh as he is projected as “Bhantadhar” by the BJP during poll campaigns. He was CM for 10 years. The Congress lost to BJP in 2003 and since never voted back to power. Congress believes that people of the state are angry with Digvijaya Singh so they do not vote it back to power.

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