Though Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are almost one-and-a-half year away,Opposition Congress,which is looking to prevent BJP from scoring a hat-trick in the state appears to be divided on the issue of chief ministership.
While a section of the party led by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries,Jyotiraditya Scindia favoured for contesting polls under the tribal leader and Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Kantilal Bhuria as chief minister,Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said the Congress high command,after consultation with party MLAs will elect the leader.
When asked whether Congress will contest the 2013 Assembly polls in his leadership and also about his chief ministerial ambitions,Scindia recently told reporters at Indore,I don’t have any chief ministerial ambitions and the party will contest the elections in the leadership of Bhuria,who is the state party president.
To this,Bhuria said,I am a disciplined party worker. My president has asked me to resign from Union Ministry and directed to take charge of Congress in Madhya Pradesh. In future also whatever the party high command asks me to do,I will do.
Meanwhile,Singh,who arrived at his ancestral Raghogarh town for launching his son,Jaiwardhan’s second leg of padyatra in Raghogarh Assembly constituency in the run up to the 2013 polls,said,In Congress there is a system to be followed. The party never projects anyone in advance as its leader and will follow the practice this time also.
Referring to Scindia’s remark,he said,Scindia is a senior party leader. It might be possible that he must have said something on the issue.
Besides Singh and Scindia,there are other powerful leaders too from the state including Union Minister for Urban Development,Kamal Nath,who stands a chance to enter the CM race.
While the party has made Bhuria as the state Congress president,Ajay Singh was made the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly.
Ajay recently embarked on his Jan Chetna Yatra from Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh where absence of both Nath and Scindia was noticed in political circles.
Tribal leaders like late Shivbhanu Singh Solanki,Dilip Singh Bhuria and Ajit Jogi among others are always in support of making a tribal leader as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
However,none of them have succeeded so far in this regard. Dilip Singh Bhuria even left the Congress to join BJP,but he failed to win an election from his traditional Jhabua seat after that.
However,Jogi was able to fulfil his dream of becoming chief minister but only after the creation of Chhattisgarh state.