Indore: As the counting for Lok Sabha elections begins on Friday morning, candidates here are on upbeat with BJP candidate and sitting MP Sumitra Mahajan being confident of her eighth consecutive victory and Congress candidate Satyanarayan Patel and Aam Aadmi Party candidate Anil Trivedi are sure about fetching their respective “shares from the bounty”.
A generation of Congress leaders has grown old waiting for Mahajan, also known as Tai, to lose from this Lok Sabha seat. They had come quite close to seeing that in 2009 when her victory margin was about 11000 votes.
Congress leaders pushed Patel, who had brought Tai’s victory to that slender margin, against her again thinking that may be this time he could clinch the seat. But the situation was not favourable for them.
Given the BJP’s performance in Assembly elections in Indore and Modi’s wave, Mahajan’s victory is almost certain. The only thing people are waiting to know is the victory margin. While the BJP leaders are claiming that this time Mahajan would break all her previous records, Congress leaders believe that the margin of victory would not be as high as BJP expects. “I don’t think the margin of victory will be over 30000 votes.
Who gets those additional 30000 votes will be known on Friday,” Patel who is not ready to accept his defeat till the last vote is counted said. However, leaders of his party accept party’s defeat but say that Patel would get respectable number of votes.
“Patel haven’t contested the election to lose. He had put his entire energy in the elections and we are of a view that he will get a handsome number of votes,” Congress leaders said. Initially, the local Congress leaders were confident of its win but their confidence had hinged on Mahajan’s rivals in her own party who had been active for years to scuttle her chances.
But her rivals due to political compulsions had to stand by her side during the elections which made the prospects of the Congress winning the seat thinner. And with Trivedi throwing hat into the ring, the Congress lost all hopes of winning the elections. Supporters of Trivedi, who had lost two elections previously (not Lok Sabha elections), know well that their leader won’t be able to win the elections but they are sure of him making an impact.
They are claiming that he won’t get less than one lakh votes in the elections. “For a party which is contesting elections for the first time in the city, one lakh votes mean a lot. It will be an indicator how AAP will perform in elections to come.”