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Khandwa Lok Sabha bypoll: To win, who overcomes factionalism – BJP or Congress? | India Information


NEW DELHI: Legendary playback singer late Kishore Kumar’s birthplace Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, which faces Lok Sabha by-election on October 30, is all set for a eager contest between the BJP and the Congress. The competition has turn into powerful for each the nationwide events owing to the truth that each are going through factionalism.
The bypoll in Khandwa has been necessitated following the demise of sitting BJP MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan.
The Congress and the BJP are engaged in a cut-throat competitors in Khandwa. This could possibly be gauged from the truth that of the overall 17 Lok Sabha polls and bypolls within the constituency which were held since 1957, whereas the Congress has received eight instances, the BJP and its earlier avatar Janta Social gathering have been victorious on the seat for the remaining 9 instances.
Nandkumar Singh Chauhan alone had received the seat for a document six instances since 1996. He was victorious on the seat for 4 consecutive phrases in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 after which for 2 consecutive phrases in 2014 and 2019.
Chauhan misplaced solely as soon as and that was in 2009 to former Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav. Nevertheless, he returned to trounce Yadav in each 2014 and 2019.
Chauhan died on March 2 resulting from issues after contracting Covid-19. He was 68. Whereas his demise has thrown a large problem to the BJP to retain the seat, the Congress too is underneath immense stress to wrest it from the BJP.
Congress
Arun Yadav was the frontrunner for a ticket for the upcoming by-election. What went in his favour was the truth that he belongs to the OBC class. OBCs represent about 26 per cent of the constituency’s inhabitants.
Secondly, he had represented Khandwa in Lok Sabha in 2009. Third, he was a Union minister of state within the Manmohan Singh authorities. Fourth, he’s a former president of the MP Congress. And fifth, he’s the son of MP’s former deputy chief minister Subhash Yadav.
Former minister and senior Congress chief Sajjan Singh Verma even termed Yadav as the very best candidate for the Khandwa seat. He mentioned, “Our excessive command too feels so.”
Nevertheless, Yadav appears to have turn into a sufferer, like Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia up to now, of the extreme factionalism within the state Congress. Former chief ministers Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath are believed to have teamed as much as isolate Yadav as they’d accomplished to Scindia.
Annoyed with the factionalism within the Congress, Scindia had rebelled and give up the get together together with MLAs loyal to him and brought about the downfall of Kamal Nath authorities in March 2020. He joined the BJP resulting in the return of Shivraj Singh Chouhan because the CM.
In Yadav’s case, the Congress has fielded former MLA Raj Narayan Singh Purni from Khandwa. Purni, a Thakur, is taken into account near Digvijaya Singh who additionally belongs to the identical caste.
After studying of the get together deciding on Purni over him, although Yadav didn’t insurgent, he expressed his displeasure by saying his withdrawal from the race for a ticket for the Khandwa bypoll.
In a tweet in Hindi on October 3, Yadav mentioned, “After assembly Kamal Nath (state Congress president) and Mukul Wasnik (AICC common secretary in-charge of MP) personally in Delhi at present, I’ve conveyed to the get together in writing about my incapacity to contest from the Khandwa parliamentary seat resulting from household causes. I’ll absolutely cooperate and help the get together’s official candidate.”

With Yadav’s withdrawal, profitable the seat has turn into a status problem personally for Digvijaya Singh.
BJP
The BJP is going through its personal quota of factionalism. In accordance with sources, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan’s son Harshvardhan Chauhan was a claimant for the get together ticket. He was additionally being thought-about a frontrunner for the ticket.
Moreover Harshvardhan Chauhan, former state minister Archana Chitnis was additionally believed to be inquisitive about contesting the seat.
Nevertheless, the BJP management ignored the claims of each the leaders and fielded a lesser-known get together employee Gyaneswar Patil from the seat. Some extent in his favour is that he belongs to the OBC class. OBCs who represent 52 per cent of MP’s inhabitants.
The OBCs additionally dominate the state politics. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself belongs to the OBC class and so have been two of his predecessors within the get together – Babulal Gaur and Uma Bharti.
With the claims of each Nandkumar Singh Chauhan’s son and Archana Chitnis getting ignored, a piece of the get together is now mentioned to be sulking. However the BJP appears to have banked upon the get together’s cadre and power and the caste equation as a substitute of garnering votes by sympathy.
Who beats factionalism – Congress or BJP – to register victory in Khandwa byelection could be identified on November 2 when votes could be counted.





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