In face of a super aggressive BJP campaign led by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan the opposition Congress retained its stronghold, the assembly seat of Chitrakoot by a margin of more than 14,000 votes.
Zafar Alam Khan|Bhopal
In face of a super aggressive BJP campaign led by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan the opposition Congress retained its stronghold, the assembly seat of Chitrakoot by a margin of more than 14,000 votes. Chouhan’s all out efforts not only failed to snatch the seat from principle opposition but also failed to stop the opposition party from increasing its victory margin.
The BJP that is in power in the state for three straight terms fought hard to wrest the seat, deploying nearly half of its cabinet to campaign in the area. The Chief Minister, who led the charge, had camped out in the area for three days, during which he held 23 rallies and over half a dozen road shows.
But the BJP showing was poor in all the 16 areas they focused on. Chouhan considered as the trump card of the saffron party in the state this time completely failed to woo the electorate of Chitrakoot as the BJP lost in the village where he made night halt during his three day campaigning tour of the constituency besides losing in all those areas where the chief minister held rallies and road shows.
While the BJP went to the polls on the development plank the Congress focused its campaign highlighting ‘corruption and misrule’ in the BJP ruled state.
Leaders from neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh including its Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also came to campaign for the election. Besides, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Union Minister Kamal Nath, leader of opposition in MP Assembly Ajay Singh tried to drum up support for their party’s nominee.
The opposition Congress after registering impressive victory in the by-poll for Chitrakoot claimed on Sunday that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has lost his sheen as the BJP lost on all the places of Chitrakoot assembly constituency where he campaigned by camping for three days. In both the villages including Turra and Sarbhanga (Amreti) where he made night halt during the campaigning the BJP lost by 210 and 230 votes. While the places where the chief minister campaigned and BJP lost include Nevti, Jaitwara, Nayagaon, Chandai, Bhargawa, Kailashpur, Tangi, Gopalpur, Birsingpur and Karigodi.