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Before the assembly elections to be held in 2023 in Madhya Pradesh, there was a tough fight between the BJP and the Congress. The performance of the Congress in the urban body elections, called the semi-finals of power, has improved from the last time. In the first phase, 7 out of 11 municipal corporations will have a BJP mayor, while the Congress has achieved tremendous success in Jabalpur, Gwalior and Chhindwara, the stronghold of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Despite the Scindia family being completely BJP in Gwalior, the Congress won its mayor after 47 years.
Not only this, for the first time a third party has entered the civic polls in the state. Aam Aadmi Party has captured Singrauli Municipal Corporation. Apart from this, a councilor of Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM has also made the party achieve this feat by winning the election. However, in the second phase on July 20, the results of 5 municipal corporations are yet to come.
The BJP swept the state capital Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, Burhanpur, Khandwa and Sagar, while the party lost in Chhindwara, Jabalpur and Gwalior to the Congress. Congress has made a comeback after 18 years in Kamal Nath’s stronghold Chhindwara. Kamal Nath’s son and MP Nakul Nath was active for this seat the whole time. The biggest setback to BJP has been in Mahakaushal area. This time BJP has lost Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. BJP national president JP Nadda also has an in-laws house in Jabalpur. A few days before the civic elections, he did a road show in Jabalpur. Despite this, the BJP candidate has lost.
Apart from this, the Aam Aadmi Party has defeated the BJP and Congress in Singrauli. AAP mayoral candidate Rani Agarwal has won from here. Aam Aadmi Party’s convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal himself had reached Singrauli to campaign. BJP has got a crushing defeat in the stronghold of Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. After 50 years, the mayor’s crown is going to be decorated on the head of Congress.
In a discussion with Amar Ujala, senior Madhya Pradesh journalist Rishi Pandey says that if we look at the results of the civic elections, BJP has suffered more and Congress has gained more. BJP managed to save its stronghold like Bhopal-Indore. Last time the BJP had captured 16 municipal corporations. This time many important corporations got out of his hands. BJP had to struggle for victory in Ujjain and Burhanpur.
Senior journalist Pandey says that the effect of Congress’s victory in Gwalior will be visible in the entire region. Therefore, in the upcoming assembly elections, BJP will have to work hard here. Gwalior was the only seat in the state, where disputes within the party came to the public for the selection of the candidate. There was a long meeting of local leaders with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia regarding the candidate selection, but the conclusion could not be reached. Because to weaken Scindia’s side, local leaders were adamant to give ticket to Brahmin candidate. However, Scindia played a new bet by proposing the name of Shobha Mishra, wife of former minister Anoop Mishra. It was also revealed through these elections that how much the BJP benefited from the Scindia factor, as there were reports of tussle between Tomar and Scindia over the selection of the candidate till the last minute.
He said that there was resentment at the local level about the BJP candidate in Jabalpur, but due to being close to the Sangh, there was no open protest. This is the reason why Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan conducted three road shows. Apart from the meeting of booth workers, National President JP Nadda also held a youth conference. Despite this, BJP had to face defeat. For the first time in 18 years in the city, the Congress fought the elections united from here, while there was an uproar over the candidates in the BJP. BJP workers were angry with Dr. Jitendra Jamdar being made the mayor’s candidate, but the party ignored their demand.
BJP lost Singrauli due to caste equation
The Aam Aadmi Party has captured the BJP stronghold in Singrauli. The only reason for this is believed to be infighting and caste equation in the BJP. The maximum voters in Singrauli are 37 thousand Brahmins, but BJP bet on Chandra Pratap Vishwakarma. This angered this large section. However, to persuade the Brahmins, former minister Rajendra Shukla knocked from door to door. Participated in society meetings. Despite this, the inclination of Brahmins was towards the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP candidate Rani Aggarwal also played an important role in the defeat of BJP. She resigned from BJP and joined AAP party. He also accused the government of corruption.