BJP, Cong keely watch Madhya Pradesh by-polls; as state election due later this year
With state election due later this year, the voting that is ongoing in the assembly constituencies of Kolaras and Mungaoli of Madhya Pradesh is being closely watched.
Sources said that voting that was held on Saturday is set to see a direct face-off between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The polling was by and large peaceful barring sporadic clashes — especially one in Digoda village in Kolaras — between the Congress and BJP workers.
This was also confirmed by the Election Commission (EC).
A total of 22 candidates are in the fray in Kolaras while 13 are trying their luck in Mungaoli. The results will be announced on 28 February.
Congress may have a slight edge over Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
This is because the constituencies fall in the Guna Lok Sabha constituency of Congress leader Scindia.
A BJP defeat in the by-polls could give a handle to Chouhan’s detractors within the party to demand his replacement on the ground of anti-incumbency.
And if Scindia loses, it will a setback for a leader trying to set in order the faction-ridden Congress unit.>