Meghnagar (Madhya Pradesh): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing internal turmoil as its candidate Bhanu Bhuria for the Jahbua assembly constituency encounters a growing rebellion within the party ranks.
On Monday, Som Singh Solanki, a prominent leader from the Ranapur area and the district general secretary of the BJP, made waves by defiantly announcing his intention to contest the election as an independent candidate.
Solanki's rebellion stems from his belief that Bhuria was imposed as a candidate from above without seeking the opinions of local workers and leaders. He criticised the organisation for not taking into account the protests against the declared candidate.
Solanki, who has been associated with the BJP since the 1992 Ram Janmabhoomi movement, announced his independent candidacy, as his supporters requested him to do so.
As a long-time BJP member and a prominent figure within the Bhilala community, Solanki has held various positions within the party, including divisional general secretary, district vice-president and district general secretary.
His potential to garner support from both his community and other castes could significantly impact the election. Meanwhile, support for BJP candidate Bhanu Bhuria is dwindling, with key office-bearers and leaders deserting him.
Former Jhabua MLA Shantilal Bilwal, former Jhabua municipal president Dhan Singh Baria and others have openly challenged Bhuria's candidacy. Their opposition, even if they haven't submitted nominations, poses a significant challenge to the BJP's chances in the upcoming elections.