Congress on Tuesday heaved a sigh of relief after all rebels in Indore agreed not to contest against party candidate in upcoming elections. On the eve of the last day of withdrawal of nominations, the party leaders managed to douse the flame of rebellion. In Constituency No 1, Golu Agnihotri and his wife Preeti Agnihotri, who had filed nomination as independent candidate, have consented to withdraw her candidature.
Senior Congress leader and state in-charge Deepak Bawaria reached Golu’s place along with acting city president Vinay Bakliwal and tried to pacify Golu and Preeti. During the meeting, Bawaria raised party’s decision to withdraw Preeti’s candidature after declaring her name. However, Golu didn’t respond and postponed his decision till activists’ meeting. Bawaria also tried to offer city president’s post to Golu who declined. Later, in the evening, Agnihotri declared that she was withdrawing her nomination and would work for the party candidate.
BJP tried to pull me: Golu
While announcing decision of not going against party decision, Golu Agnihotri also put an end to rumours of joining BJP. “Senior BJP Leader Kailash Vijayvargiya contacted me. He tried to lure me and connect me with the CM. I refused and made it clear that I am a Congress activist by heart and soul. I will not join BJP in any condition,” Golu told people in the meeting.
Kamlesh still thinking
Another major Congress rebel in Constituency No 1 is Kamlesh Khandelwal. He is also in the fray as an independent candidate. Pacifying Kamlesh is a huge task for the Congress, as he is yet to take a decision. However, sources claimed that Kamlesh has been successfully pacified by Digvijaya Singh and Rahul Singh, and now only official announcement is awaited.
Moti in Depalpur, Chhote Yadav in Indore 5 too toe party line
Rebel from Depalpur constituency, Moti Singh Patel and rebel in Indore-5 Chhote Yadav too have announced to withdraw from the race and work for party candidates in their respective areas. In Depalpur, Congress has given ticket to Vishal Patel while Satyanarayan Patel has been fielded from Indore-5. Both Vishal and Satyanarayan were seeking ticket from Depalpur and two senior leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia were supporting the duo after which party made Satyanarayan, a parachute candidate from Indore-5.
For BJP, Lalit Porwal is still a hurdle
Senior BJP leader Lalit Porwal has filed nomination as independent candidate from Indore-3. All other rebels have been pacified by party leaders but Porwal has remained elusive. Party leaders are working overtime to pacify him and make him withdraw his nomination.