All these leaders had to struggle their way to the top. Mr Chouhan and Mr Gehlot are OBCs and have done remarkably well in states with deeply entrenched feudal structures.
His colleagues call him a sensible man who is not a rabble-rouser.
Maintaining that changing the home minister at this juncture was not really going to make any difference.
The campaign strategies of the two principal stakeholders in Chhattisgarh, the BJP and the Congress, present a picture in contrast.
BJP accused the UPA govt of trying to ‘give a political colour’ to the issue of terrorism by ‘dragging in’ the names of more Hindu sants and their ashrams in the investigations on the Malegaon blasts.
The deepening economic crisis and the Manmohan Singh government’s track-record on terrorism are going to be the BJP’s main electoral planks in the upcoming Delhi assembly polls.
BJP is set to replicate the experiment in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
If the Congress has to realise its ambitions of staging a comeback in Madhya Pradesh and the adjoining state of Chhattisgarh, it’ll have to launch an aggressive bid to reclaim its support-base among the tribals.
The tremors created by the latest round of heavy-duty verbal dual between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati are certain to be felt in the poll-bound states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Chhattisgarh.
For BJP elections to 5 assemblies will be crucial pointer.
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