Bhopal: Senior Congress leaders are currently busy pacifying rebels, who have jumped into electoral fray as independents against party candidates. Various steps are being taken to pacify the rebels. While former CM Digvijaya Singh and state president Kamal Nath are busy writing personal letters to these rebels, the PCC is ‘offering’ party posts to them.
On Monday, Digvijaya Singh was heard asking MLA Sachin Yadav, “Arre Sachin, Kedar Bhai ko dhundho. Baat Karni hai (Sachin find Kedar Bhai. Want to talk to him.” It was another attempt to pacify the rebel leader. The state party leadership is worried over the rise of rebels. They fear that it could prove detrimental to party’s chances of upstaging BJP in the ensuing assembly polls. Hence, an all out attempt has been launched to make rebels withdraw their candidature.
State vice-president Prakash Jain informed Free Press that top leaders were busy contacting the rebels. So far the party has put up a brave face and claimed that rebels would withdraw from the fray before or on the last day of withdrawal of nomination i.e, November 14. Sources claimed that more than 200 rebels had jumped into electoral fray against party candidates. By Monday evening, efforts of senior leaders bore fruits as number of such rebels came down to 100.
In a bid to douse flames of rebellion, rebels are being offered posts in the PCC. As the number of rebels is quite high, the PCC is contemplating constituting new cells to accommodate all of them. It plans to give state-level posts to a few, district level posts to others and block level posts to the rest of rebels. Media vice-president Bhupendra Gupta said that rebels’ anger is subsiding. Munnavar Kosar and Nasir Islam in Bhopal have withdrawn their nominations. Similar practices are underway in other constituencies too.The party is contesting the election on 229 seats, one seat has been allocated to Loktantrik Janata Dal.
Around 200 candidates have filed nominations as rebels. A few of them had even quit the Congress and joined other party. Rebel candidates in Bhopal are Sanjiv Saxena, Munnavar Kosar and Nasir Islam; Ankleshwar Dubey in Sagar; Jagdish Yadav has joined the Samajwadi Party and is contesting the election. Pushpendra Lodhi in Banda, Dinesh Soni in Faroth, Priti Agnihotri in Indore