Ujjain: ‘ Dissident’ Congress leaders have been searching for ‘ independent’ ( read rebel) candidates who can be made ‘ Bhagat Singh’ and Rani Laxmibai ( martyrs) so as to settle scores with official candidates of the party during the Assembly elections.
On the other hand, the BJP has pressed its senior leaders into service to appease the ‘ rebels’ by giving them ‘ lucrative offers’ after formation of the government.
After completion of process of filing of nomination papers on November 8 and on the eve of withdrawal of nomination papers ( November 11), the dissident Congress leaders were seen busy in secret meetings.
Sources informed that their focus was on MP Premchand Guddu’s candidates at Ujjain South, Ujjain North, Barnagar, Tarana and Alot constituencies. From these seats some prominent party leaders including former MLAs and corporators have also filed their nomination papers as independent candidates.
Some ticket seekers had initially given signals of revolt in the party, but keeping in mind the long- term consequences, they finally withdrew their forms and filed their nomination papers as the Indian National Congress candidates. Since these candidates did not submit the form A ( authorisation letter) and B ( party symbol), their nomination papers were rejected. Now these dissident leaders have speeded- up identifying those independent candidates, whom they can support by supplying election materials, money and man power.
From Ujjain North, former MLA Rajendra Bharati and Congress corporator Maya Trivedi are in the fray as independent candidates. Not only they, but other dissident leaders also remained in the search of such candidate who can put strong challenge before the party official candidate Vivek adav alias Vicky. Vicky though got ticket from the outh Congress quota, he belongs to the camp of Member of Parliament Premchand Guddu. But, both Bharati and Maya Trivedi looked indecisive about contesting the election. Bharati rushed to Gwalior to meet his mentor and Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
“ Before contesting the election or withdrawing the nomination paper, I want to talk to Scindia and will take final decision after his consent,” Bharati told Free Press over cell phone on Sunday night.
Similar was the condition of Maya Trivedi, who held a series of consultations with her well wishers, supporters and party leaders; but looked slightly nervous in wake of lack of resources to fight the election as an independent candidate. But, former MLA Surendra Singh Sisodia expressed his commitment to contest the election as an independent candidate from Barnagar.
Reports suggest that some senior Congress leaders approached Sisodia to withdraw his nomination paper in support of official candidate Mahesh Patel, but he declined alleging that he has been continuously neglected.
Zila Panchayat member Dinesh Jain Boss also looked quite confident to fight the election as independent candidate from Mahidpur against sitting MLA Kalpana Parulekar. He in fact launched his campaign in a grand fashion from there. From Tarana, former minister of state Babulal Malviya and Zila Panchayat member Mahesh Parmar have filed nomination papers as independent candidates. The local Congress leaders and functionaries had convened a meeting there to agree them on withdrawing their nomination papers in favour of the party candidate Rajendra Malviya, but no definite information was received about their decision till filing of this report.
In BJP camp, its candidates have been facing acute rebellion at Ujjain South, Tarana and Barnagar constituencies.
Virendra Kavadiya and Bhanwar Singh Chaudhari have been putting big fight again BJP candidate Mohan adav from Ujjain South constituency.
A number of leaders approached Chaudhari to withdraw his nomination paper, but he declined. No body appeared interested in appeasing Kavadiya. On Sunday, veteran party leaders Satya Narayan Jatiya ( former Union minister) and Babulal Jain ( vicechairman, State Planning Commission) reached Tarana and Barnagar, respectively, to appease the rebellion candidates Tarachand Goyal ( former MLA) and Shantilal Dhabai ( outgoing MLA). Sources informed that both these leaders remained there for about two hours; Jatiya returned back in the evening empty handed while Jain reportedly took Dhabai along with him to Bhopal to organize his meeting with the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. An offer was given to Dhabai to appoint him as a chairman in any corporation or board, but only when the party candidate Mukesh Pandya registers victory, but Dhabai declined to ensure the victory. BJP rebellion Sukhmal Jain has reportedly declined to withdraw his nomination paper.
From Tarana, BJP candidate Anil Firojia is backed by State president Narendra Singh Tomar and thus it was speculated that the party rebellion Tarachand Goyal will have to withdraw from the election battle.