Bhopal, Even though assembly polls are still five months away, political parties in Madhya Pradesh have gotten into campaign mode with ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chalking out strategies to convey its accomplishments to public.
On the other hand, the Congress – which has been languishing out of power since the past 14 years – has made it a ‘do-or-die’ battle while centering its plan of action around farmers, youths and women.
“Communicating the regime’s works in the past four years in a proper manner would ensure victory for the party,” said State BJP Media Incharge Lokendra Parashar.
Confident of returning to power by bagging 150 assembly seats – out of total 230, his Congress counterpart Manak Agrawal said, “Every section including farmers, youths and women is angry with the BJP. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has announced to waive farmers’ loans if the party comes to power. Party bigwigs have been handed important responsibilities.”
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is going to be the saffron party’s face whereas the grand old party would fight under the command of State Congress President Kamal Nath.
Prior to descending onto the electoral battleground, both the parties replaced their state chiefs – Mr Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan by Mr Rakesh Singh (in BJP) and Mr Arun Yadav by Mr Kamal Nath (in Congress).
Though removing Mr Yadav created some discontent within a section of Congress workers, the grand old party has been endeavouring to project a united face by bringing stalwarts such as MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh and Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh together at various platforms.
Likewise, both parties have formed several committees for their electoral preparations. The BJP has constituted 12 committees including the election management committee and handed key responsibilities to Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Thawar Chand Gehlot, ex-Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste, MP Prahlad Patel, BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and the party’s Vice-President Prabhat Jha.
The Congress too has formed nearly half-a-dozen committees and assigned responsibilities to MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, MP Kantilal Bhuria, former Union minister Suresh Pachauri and other heavyweights.
National leaders from both parties are rolling up their sleeves as well. Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently visited Mandsaur and announced that farmers’ loans would be waived within 10 days of the party coming to power.
BJP President Amit Shah had visited Madhya Pradesh in May. He is scheduled to arrive in the state on June 12 again. These visits are being viewed in the context of making the party organisation more rigorous.
In 2003, the BJP had stormed to power while routing out the Digvijaya Singh-led Congress regime and retained power in 2008 and 2013. In the 230-member Vidhan Sabha, the BJP has 166 legislators, the Congress has 57 and the Bahujan Samaj party has four while there are three independents.