With the Opposition showcasing all its strength in the upcoming elections, the BJP has also planned a massive showcase of strength in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. While the Congress-led ‘Mahaghatbandhan’ has already given a setback to BJP in Karnataka bypolls, the saffron party (BJP) is sparing no effort to ensure that they come to power in Madhya Pradesh.
On Tuesday, BJP released a list of 40 star campaigners for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party has been in power for 15 years in Madhya Pradesh, but the Vyapam Scam and Madsaur agitation has created an atmosphere of anti-incumbency. But the BJP has shrugged off reports of mounting anti-incumbency.
The star-studded list of 40 campaigners features top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The other star campaigners on the list are BJP president Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Textile Minister Smriti Irani and actor-turned-BJP legislator Hema Malini.
Madhya Pradesh has 5 crore registered voter and has 230 assembly seats in the state. The elections in the state will be held on November 28, and the votes counted on December 11. The Congress is also gearing up for the state elections, but the internal feud between its top leaders — Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath — has raised questions about party’s stand on the chief ministerial candidate. Meanwhile, current CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has filed his nomination papers from Budhni in Sehore district.