Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal, a BJP stronghold since the last three decades. The decision, which was taken by the Congress’ Central Election Committee on Saturday, was announced by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. The Congress party, however, has not released any official list so far about its candidates in MP. Elections 2019 LIVE updates
Singh wanted to contest from Rajgarh, his home turf, but Nath had publicly asked him to choose one of the tough seats where the Congress has not won in three decades. While accepting the challenge, Singh had said he would contest from any seat as long as it was chosen by “my leader Rahul Gandhi.” For more ELECTION NEWS click here
The Congress had won three seats in the recent assembly elections from Bhopal.
However, reacting to the announcement of his candidature for the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, Digvijaya said he would have preferred Rajgarh seat. He said that his first choice was Rajgarh, but he accepted the party’s decision.
Speaking to reporters in Indore, Singh said, “Rajgarh was naturally my priority as it is my home. But I am ready to contest from any place as decided by my party and the Congress president.”
Madhya Pradesh has 29 Lok Sabha seats. The Election Commission has announced that the state will see polling during the 4, 5, 6 and 7 phases of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
The dates of polling in the state are April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
The BJP has been conducting a vigorous election campaign in Madhya Pradesh after the Congress Party won the recent Assembly elections after 15 years.
The high-profile seat of Bhopal is currently held by BJP’s Alok Sanjar. Besides this, Indore and Vidisha seats have not been won by the Congress in three decades. Former President late Shankar Dayal Sharma was the last Congress winner from the seat in the 1984 general elections.
Madhya Pradesh had emerged as one of the strongest bases for the BJP to form its government in the centre during 2014 Lok Sabha elections after it won 27 of the 29 seats. The Congress had won the remaining two, Chhindwara and Guna, held by Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia respectively.
-With ENS inputs