Indore: A few months away from the Assembly elections, Indore- V sitting BJP MLA Mahendra Hardia and his ardent partymen were not at ease at all as they could feel the pulse of the voters, and what they diagnose was not they were looking forward to.The disturbing news definitely was the mood of electorate, who has set their mind to send packing the two- time sitting MLA for his impassive remoteness.
The voters had reason to feel dejected as they had given Hardia a full one decade, during which, he managed to get a ministerial berth due to his proximity to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh. However, despite having power and resources to improve the lot of his constituency, the minister chose to remain passive.
However, the sinking feeling that the minister experienced a few months back has now subsided. The MLA’s performance report card remain unchanged and neither have his grades improved, so what is it that has eased the minister’s tension.
Does he think the rival candidate a weak If he thinks so, he shouldn’t. As the Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi challenging him this time is by all means a strong contender and is geared up to give a tough competition unlike his previous Congress opponent Shobha Ojha.
Interestingly, Sanghvi is also facing resistance from Ojha’s quarter, who was keen on getting party ticket once again. Overlooking all internal resistance, Sanghvi is upbeat.
Looking at the waning popularity of Hardia for his ‘ inactiveness’ in the constituency, Sanghvi was quite confident of turning the wind in his favour. And in the run up to the elections, the Congress strongman and his supporters have started working to create a positive atmosphere before the polls.
Sanghi had been purged twice in his political career. The voters rejected him in 2004 Lok Sabha elections when he was defeated by BJP stalwart Sumitra Mahajan and then again in the civic polls.
Overlooking his past electoral failures, the party chooses him over other candidates for the presence in the constituency and the influence he exercises among the party workers. The party sees in him huge political possibility.
The voters too were happy to get a strong alternative to Hardia as they felt that he had let them down. In Sanghvi they saw an approachable and a go- getter strong- headed leader, who if given a chance would prove true to their expectations.
The two political rivals started their election campaign on a high note— Hardia to win back voters and Sanghvi to make this poll his political debut. With every passing day, the two leaders are able to gauge the mood of the electorate and they found that the voters have started weighing their political options. There is an interesting factor, which is gradually influencing the voters for ‘ change of heart’, irrespective of the constituency.
The factor called ‘ anti- incumbency’, which is working against the sitting MLA, is though blowing hard is not strong enough to turn the tide against the ruling government to unseat it. And this is the very reason that is making voters to reconsider their choice despite sitting MLA performance as it is always advantageous to be on the side of winning party.
Will they go with person as experienced as Hardia, who if wins would for sure get a Cabinet berth, which in long run would be in the interest of the constituency? Or would the electorates vote in favour of all energetic Sanghvi, who if given a chance would use his influence to get the job done.
- Regularization of illegal colonies still a major issues
- Residents are facing have been facing difficulty in the absence of proper roads in the constituency. All connecting roads of the segment are in very bad state.
- Rural population not taken care of properly. Not much development works conducted in backward and rural areas.
- Residents of rural areas are quite upset with slow development.
- Several areas do not have proper drainage lines due to which people face problems of overflowing of nullahs.