Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls 2018: Congress, BJP rebels in Ujjain division

Ujjain: Rebellions are bound to disturb the poll prospects of at least 9 BJP candidates and at least 12 candidates of Congress on 29 assembly segments of Ujjain division.  BJP which had 28 MLAs in the division during 2013 elections has dropped 10 sitting MLAs while the Congress has retained the seat of its present MLA from Suwasra Hardeep Singh Dang. This way BJP has re-fielded 19 old faces whereas the Congress has changed 23 candidates who were party’s candidates in last election.

BJP, whose two women MLAs represented the division from Dewas (Gayatridevi Puar) and Sailana (Sangita Charel) in previous election has re-fielded former and dropped the later. Congress has fielded only one woman candidate Premlata Dave from Ratlam City seat though it did not give ticket to woman candidate during last election.

Revolt in AGAR
In Agar-Malwa district, rebellions have posed problems from for the arch rivals. From Agar seat, BJP has fielded MP Manohar Untwal instead of present MLA Gopal Parmar. Here Congress’s defeated candidate in last election Madhu Gehlot has revolted against present party candidate Vipin Wankhede (state NSUI president) and filed nomination as Sapaks candidate. Wankhade is a new face.

From Susner seat, Congress’s Rana Vikram Singh has revolted against party candidate Mahendra Singh Parihar who is a new face and probably his age- 28 years, is lowest among all the candidates in fray on 29 seats.
BJP has relied on present MLA Murlidhar Patidar tough its former MLA Santosh Joshi has revolted against him and filed his nomination paper as independent candidate.

Less resentment in Shajapur
In Shajapur district, BJP has retained the seat of present MLA from Shajapur Arun Bhimavad while shifted Kalapipal MLA Inder Singh Parmar to Shujalpur and denied the ticket to present MLA Jaswant Singh Hada. Ex-MLA Babulal Verma has been fielded from Kalapipal. Meanwhile, rural leader JP Mandloi has reportedly sounded rebellion from Shajapur and filed his nomination paper as independent candidate.

Congress has fielded Hukam Singh Karada (former minister), Kunal Chaudhari (State Youth Congress president) and Ramveer Singh Sikarwar (District Congress Committee president) from Shajapur, Kalapipal and Shujalpur seats, respectively. Chaudhari and Sikarwar are news faces.

Similar situation in Ratlam district
In Ratlam district, Congress is facing rebellion from Jaora as Dr Hameer Singh Rathod has filed his nomination paper as an independent candidate.  Congress has fielded KK Singh Kalukheda (new face), who is brother of late Mahendra Singh (former minister). Present BJP MLA Rajendra Pandey has been facing rebellion from Jaora as Bahadur Singh Piploda has reportedly filed nomination paper as independent candidate.

BJP has re-fielded Chetan Kashyap from Ratlam City and Jitendra Gehlod from Alot. Party has denied ticket to sitting MLAs Mathural Damor and Sangita Charel from Ratlam rural and Sailana, respectively and fielded new faces namely Dilip Makwana and Narayan Medha from these seats, respectively. Congress has fielded Premlata Dave, Thawar Bhuria, Harsh Vijay Gehlot and Manoj Chawla from Ratlam City, Ratlam Rural, Sailana and Alot, respectively. Barring Gehlot, rest three candidates are new faces.

Discontentment in Mandsaur district
In Mandsaur district, BJP has re-fielded two MLAs namely Yashpal Singh Sisodi and Jagdish Devda from Mandsaur and Malhargarh seats, respectively. It has denied ticket to sitting MLA Chander Singh Sisodia from Garoth, but re-fielded Radhe Shyam Patidar from Suwasra who lost last election. It has given ticket to a new face Devilal Dhakad and, thus, Chander Singh Sisodia has got rebellion and filed his nomination paper from Garoth.

Congress has fielded Narendra Nahta (former minister), Parashuram Sisodia (new face), Subhash Sojatiya (former minister) and sitting MLA Hardeep Singh Dang from Mandsaur, Malhargarh, Garoth and Suwasra seat, respectively. Trilok Patidar and Kishan Singh Pavti also reportedly filed their nomination papers as independent candidate from Garoth. Dang is now facing rebellion in the form of Om Singh Bhati who filed his nomination paper as an independent candidate.

Arch rivals face a rebel each in Dewas
In Dewas district, Congress candidate Manoj Choudhari has been facing rebellion from ex-MLA Rajendra Singh Baghel’s son Rajveer Singh from Hatpipliya seat. BJP candidate Pahad Singh (new face) has been facing rebellion of ex-MLA Champalal Devda from Bagli seat.

BJP has re-fielded MLAs Gayatridevi Puar, Rajendra Verma, Ashish Sharma and Deepak Joshi (minister of state) from rest seats viz Dewas, Sonkuch, Khategaon and Hatpiplya, respectively. So far as Congress is concerned, it has fielded almost new faces on five seats of the district including Jai Singh Thakur (Dewas), Sajjan Singh Verma (Sonkuch), Om Patel (Khategaon and Kamal Vaskel (Bagli).

Rebellion despite changing  tickets in Neemuch District
In Neemuch district, BJP has changed two one MLA that is Kailash Chawla (former minister) from Manasa and fielded Madhav Maru, who was rebellion candidate in last election. Party had retained its candidate in Neemuch and Javad seats from where Dilip Singh Parihar and Omprakash Sakhlecha, respectively, have been fielded again.

However, BJP rebellions Puran Aheer and Sajjan Khuman Singh have been posing problems at Javad and Neemuch, respectively. Congress has fielded new faces namely Rajkumar Aheer, Satya Narayan Patidar and Umrao Singh Gurjar from Javad, Neemuch and Manasa seats, respectively. However, Congress rebellion Samander Singh Patel and Madhu Bansal are posting problems on Javad and Neemuch seats, respectively.

CONG face rebels  on 4 seats, BJP on 2

Ajit Borasi
Ajit Borasi

Rebellion against Congress and BJP appears to be on its peak in Ujjain district which comprised 7 seats. The BJP has won all of them in the last election.  This time, the party has changed two sitting MLAs Satish Malviya from Ghattiya and Mukesh Pandya from Barnagar.  BJP, after nominating Ashok Malviya and Jitendra Pandya as its candidates from these seats, respectively, changed them in the eleventh hour and tipped Ajit Borasi and Sanjay Sharma from Ghattiya and Barnagar, respectively.

First rebellion in the party emerged from these seats with Shankarlal Ahirwar and Shantilal Dhabai filling nomination papers as independents candidates. Borasi and his father and ex-Congress MP Premchand Guddu had joined the BJP recently. Sharma is an extremely young and new face and did not seek ticket. From rest five seats the BJP has retained sitting MLAs: Paras Jain (energy minister) from Ujjain North, Mohan Yadav from Ujjain South, Anil Firoziya from Tarana, Dilip Singh Shekhwat from Nagda-Khachrod and Bahadur Singh Chouhan from Mahidpur.

Sanjay Sharma
Sanjay Sharma

After, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh leader Dayaram Dhakad filed his nomination paper as independent candidate; Shekhawat may face trouble this time.  Congress is facing rebellion on Ujjain North, Ujjain South, Mahidpur and Barnagar where Maya Trivedi, Jai Singh Darbar and Dinesh Jain Boss had filed nomination papers as independent candidates, respectively.

Darbar fought last election from party ticket while Boss as an independent candidate. Congress has fielded Rajendra Bharti, Rajendra Vasistha, Sardar Singh Chouhan and Murli Morwal from the said seats, respectively.Congress’ ticket aspirant Akshay Kanti Bam has been fielded on the ticket of Sapaks from Barnagar and he may pose problem for Morwal. Congress has fielded former MLA Dilip Singh Gurjar (Nagda-Khachrod) and Ramlal Malviya (Ghattiya) and a new face Mahesh Parmar (Zila Panchayat president) from Tarana.


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