The role of four independents and three BSP and SP MLAs would turn crucial as they were earlier supporting the Congress but voted for the BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha elections post Shivraj Singh Chouhan returning as the Chief Minister. If they all move back to the Congress post the by-polls, the Congress can return to power by winning at least 20 out of the 27 seats too. Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath told ET earlier this week that these seven MLAs “had never gone away” and he was sure they were still with him. However, the BJP says the seven MLAs in question are firmly with them and that Congress would not be able to win a single seat in the upcoming by-polls.
26 of the 27 seats were won by the Congress in the 2018 assembly elections and Nath said the party is fighting the by-polls on the plank of the work done by him in 15 months as Chief Minister against 15 years of Chouhan rule earlier. The party also feels there is anger amongst people in these seats at the way “power was usurped by the BJP by abusing the mandate and doing deals with the ex-Congress MLAs,” says Nath. BJP leaders say that Nath will face the fury of farmers whose loans he did not waive off despite a poll promise and BJP is banking on the turncoat Congress MLAs as candidates again on these seats. Nath on his part says he duly waived loans of 26.5 lakh farmers.
Chouhan two days ago decided to give Rs 4,000 annually to all farmers in addition to the Rs 6,000 they get as PM Kisan Nidhi from the Centre. The impact of farmer protests against the new agricultural laws is a factor that is still to be seen in the state. The BJP is however banking on Jyotiaditya Scindia, whom the party has sent to the Rajya Sabha, to deliver the goods in the 17 by-poll seats of the Gwalior-Chambal region.
- 56 Assembly seats: Madhya Pradesh (27), Gujarat (8), Uttar Pradesh (7), Jharkhand (2), Karnataka (2), Odisha (2), Nagaland (2), Tripura (2), Haryana (1), Telangana (1)
- 1 Lok Sabha Seat: Valmiki Nagar (Bihar)
- Date of Polling: November 3 (54 seats) and November 7 (3 seats)
- Date of Counting: November 10
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1 Comment on this Story
Sushil Srivastava58 days ago
please do not count on these 7 useless fellows as they can change any time.
By election will give an indication of public. preference.
Mama ji priorty is to please Centre and not public of MP.