BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe on Friday dismissed reports that the Shivraj Singh government was facing anti-incumbency. The BJP-led government has been in power in the state since 2003. The state goes to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11. “I don’t find anti-incumbency in the state. Normally, antiincumbency prevails when the existing government has not done any work and its leaders are corrupt. In Madhya Pradesh, both these factors are non-existent,” he said.
He was accompanying the BJP candidates who filed their nomination papers here on Friday. Answering a query on the BJP giving tickets to the kin of party leaders, the BJP veep said, “It is wrong to see it as encouraging dynastic politics. They were given tickets on the basis of their work in the party. They can’t be denied nominations merely on the ground that they are relatives of BJP leaders.”
He, however, attacked the Congress on dynastic politics and claimed that Rahul Gandhi would not have been party chief if he was not son of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi.When asked about the BJP fielding a lot of ‘old’ faces’ for the Assembly polls, he said ‘continuity and change’ moved parallel to each other, adding that the party had given tickets to experienced leaders as well as fresh faces.