- BJP state president Rakesh Singh could agaon get the ticket
- Congress upbeat after success in assembly elections
- Tarun Bhanot, Lakhan Ghanghoria, Vinay Saxena, Sanjay Yadav registered victory in assembly polls
- It would be easy to win over urban voters
- Vivek lost in 2014 due to Modi wave
Jabalpur: Speculations are rife about who would be fielded by Congress and BJP from the Jabalpur Lok Sabha seat.
BJP is likely to field state president Rakesh Singh from this seat, while the picture is not clear as far as Congress is conerned. A section of the party is lobbying to field Vivek Tankha from this seat.
According to Tarun Bhanot, if Tankha is fielded from Jabalpur then it would be matter of pride for the city. Many other leaders feel that Tankha should be fielded.
Vivek Tankha had lost in 2014 due to Modi wave but it is being argued that situation is quite different this time. Now Congress is equally strong from this Lok Sabha seat. The Congress MLAs from this area include Sanjay Yadav from rural area Bargi, Tarun Bhanot from urban area west, Vinay saxena from north central and Lakhan Ghanghoria from East.
Was Congress stronghold in the past
In the 1977 General Elections, the Congress had lost 39 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the then undivided Madhya Pradesh. Chhindwara in the Mahakaushal region was the only constituency that had returned the Congress nominee. Such was the Congress’ hold on the region. But since then, a lot of water has flown down the Narmada.
With Jabalpur as its hub, the Mahakaushal region comprises eight districts: Jabalpur, Mandla, Dindori, Seoni, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Narsinghpur and Katni. Culturally and socially, Mahakaushal differs greatly from the neighbouring Vindhya Pradesh.
One of the key reasons for it being that large parts of Mahakaushal were under direct British rule from the 19th century onwards, thus turning it into a relatively progressive, modern and liberal area, and infusing democratic values into its body politic. Casteism and feudalism are not as deeply rooted in this region as they are in the Vindhya Pradesh.
Jabalpur, known as the ‘Sanskardhani’ (Cultural Capital) of the state is one of the oldest towns of Central India. Home to a charming cantonment area, with its old British-style bungalows set amid lush greenery, Jabalpur is major educational centre of yore.
Balaghat has been witnessing Naxal violence
The Balaghat district in the region, bordering Chhattisgarh, has been witnessing Naxal violence. Keeping security considerations in view, the Election Commission has decided to curtail the polling time in the district. Voting in the polling booths in the district will end at 3 pm (instead of the usual 5 pm) so that the polling parties can reach the district headquarters before dark.
38 assembly constituencies in the region
The highest (8) in Jabalpur district and the lowest (2) in Dindori. As many as 13 of these seats are reserved for tribals and 2 for SCs. All the three seats in Mandla and all the two seats in Dindori districts are ST seats.
In Chinndwara, 3 of the 7 seats are reserved for STs. In the 2013 polls, the Congress could win only 13 of the 38 seats. The BJP had annexed 24 seats while one went to an Independent. The BJP had done exceptionally well in tribal areas, winning 8 of the 13 seats reserved for STs. In the earlier (2008), polls, the Congress had done relatively well here, winning 16 seats. The remaining 22 had gone to the BJP.
Paddy could become issue for Congress
The Congress came to power by promising loan waiver for peasants. But paddy could become problem for the party. In fact months back the peasants had sold paddy at support price and are still waiting for the payment. They are making rounds of purchase committee, collectorate and DMO office. According to sources, about Rs 10 crore of Jabalpur distribution committee is pending.
Some of the peasants who made a trip to the collectorate said that far from payment they have not yet been given even purchase slip. In addition to Rs 10 crore pending payment of paddy, peasants are yet to get over Rs 3 crore of pulses. Paradoxically peasants are not getting any convincing response from the concerned authorities. The peasants waiting for the payment have now started cursing Congress.