Ujjain: Lust of power has tightened its grip on the ruling BJP leaders to such extent that keeping aside all guidelines, they indulged in groupism and show of strength during party’s referendum for selection of candidates from seven Assembly segments here on Sunday.
On the pattern of Assembly elections of 2003 and 2008, the State BJP launched an exercise to record the opinion of party’s rank and file for selecting its nominees for the Mission- 2013. Party’s observers Anoop Mishra ( Medical Education Minister) and senior leader Ramdayal Prajapati conducted the exercise at the Lokshakti Bhavan located divisional headquarters of the party. About 386 present and former functionaries of the BJP, its present and former peoples’ representatives and those who were imprisoned in the MISA during 1975- 77 ( emergency period) were invited for the referendum in view of the candidature from seven Assembly segments of the district. The number of invitees from Ghattiya, Mahidpur, Tarana, Nagda- Khachrod, Barnagar, Ujjain South and Ujjain North Assembly segments were 39, 35, 42, 45, 31, 94 and 96, respectively.
However, 35, 34, 39, 42, 30, 85 and 89 invitees participated in the process, respectively, from these segments. 75 minutes each were allotted for recording the opinion of those persons who were invited for the process from five constituencies of the district viz Ghattiya, Mahidpur, Tarana, Nagda- Khachrod and Barnagar. Likewise, 90 minutes each were allotted to the two constituencies of the City.
The observers started taking assessment slips from the invitees of Ghattiya Assembly segment from 10.30 am. It was followed by the invitees of Mahidpur Assembly segment. In the post- lunch session, the observers took the assessment slips starting 3 pm from the invitees of Tarana Assembly segment, followed by the invitees of Nagda- Khachrod and Barnagar. In the last round, the invitees from Ujjain South and Ujjain North Assembly segments registered their opinion about the possible candidates. The entire process continued till 9.30 pm.
According to the sources, an average of 20 aspirants made their claims before the observers. Massive lobbying had been done during last four to five days to earn the confidence of those invited for the referendum.
Former MLA and leading aspirant of ticket from Mahidpur, Bahadur Singh Chauhan, exploited the occasion by exhibiting his strength. He brought at last 200 supporters with him from the rural areas, who made a strong demonstration at the venue and despite instructions of the party, raised slogans in his favour. City BJP chief Iqbal Singh Gandhi had a verbal duel with Chauhan and his supporters. When Free Press talked to the villagers Kanhaiyya and Lakhan Singh, they revealed that Chauhan offered Rs 150 each to them and also provided free of cost to- and- fro arrangement, besides food. Moreover, a chairman of the corporation, who is vying for the BJP ticket from a city seat, also hosted lunch in a hotel at the cost of government exchequer.
MAIN ASPIRANTS OF A BJP TICKET
- Ujjain North: Paras Jain ( present MLA and Minister), Sanwar Patel, Sonu Gehlot, Surendra Chaturvedi, Pradeep Pande and Jagdish Agrawal
- Ujjain South: Shivnarayan Jagirdar ( present MLA), Mohan adav, Pradeep Pande, Kishore Khandelwal, Prakash Chittoda and Rajni Kotwani
- Ghattiya: Chintamani Malviya, Rameshwar Akhand, Narayan Parmar, Shivlal Borana and Jaiprakash Joonwal
- Tarana: Rodmal Rathore ( present MLA), Anil Firojiya and Tarachand Goyal
- Barnagar: Shantilal Dhabai ( present MLA), Mukesh Pandya and Mohan adav
- Nagda- Khachrod: Dilip Shekhawat, Shobha adav and Tejbahadur Singh Chauhan
- Mahidpur: Bahadur Singh Chauhan, Paras Jain and Madan Sankhla