Constituency Indore- II Mendola
Indore: In the election ring of Indore- II constituency, two strongmen – BJP’s sitting MLA Ramesh Mendola and Congress aspirant Chhotu Shukla — are flying jabs ruthlessly.
At this juncture, Mendola due to his previous poll performance in which he had knocked down an elderly old but still strong Suresh Seth appears to be having a clear edge over Shukla.
But rounds after rounds, the picture would change for sure and either Ramesh will improvise ( on his previous performance) or Shukla will surprise.
The voters will decide the winner on November 25 but before that it’s wroth seeing how the fight has become interesting in this bastion of BJP since Congress changed candidate in a dramatic move.
Congress had replaced its candidate Mohan Sengar with Shukla, a popular corporator, on the last date of filing of nominations papers sending a clear and loud message to the BJP that it won’t give up easily on this seat.
Shukla initially was not ready to contest elections from the constituency which always faced neglect from the Congress but when Madhya Pradesh party chief Kantilal Bhuria promised all support to him, he threw hat into the ring.
Shukla is however not counting on support of Bhuria but his nephew and a muscleman Jitu Baba aka Jitu Tripathi, an undisputed “ mandwali king” of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Shukla thinks that he with the support from Jitu Baba, who is said to be having the biggest team of youths in the city, will be able to equal, if not score high, to the might of Mendola who happens to be the candidate of ruling party and enjoys support from BJP heavyweight Kailash Vijayvargiya and goons like uvraj Ustad, Nihal Singh Chauhan and Munna Doctor stand by his side.
But muscle power alone won’t influence the votes; development factor will also be circuital. In last five years, this constituency has seen major infrastructure development – all major malls and hotels came and established in the constituency. If credit is shared by many agencies but it’s also the fact that the rightfully the catalyst is the sitting MLA of the constituency.
To take on such MLA, who won last election with a record 40,000 votes and who is claiming to increase victory margin, is not easy for Shukla who is contesting his Assembly elections for the first time. But it is also equally true that the fight this time, no matter Mendola’s claims, is not of increasing victory margin but of saving the seat.