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Battle of the Bastions: Will BJP wrest Chhindwara from Congress?

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Over 300 km south of Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and about 940 km a long way from Unusual Delhi’s corridors of energy, Chhindwara is an undeniable bastion of the Congress birthday celebration, which even on the lowest of its political fortunes in 2019, elected sizable vulnerable birthday celebration’s Nakul Nath to Lok Sabha. Congress has acquired a whopping 17 of the 18 Lok Sabha Elections since 1952 in Chhindwara, and the constituency holds distinction as the final of the bastions for the Congress birthday celebration which survived the juggernaut of PM Modi’s populism in 2014 and 2019.

“Chhindwara is one of India’s valuable few ‘safe’ parliamentary seats, meaning the incumbent can safely seek data from to win re-elected, and one of the most few that constantly rewarded its consultant for turning in on constructing,” wrote creator-investor Ruchir Sharma in his 2019 e book ‘Democracy on the Aspect road’.

Chhindwara has elected Kamal Nath for a whopping nine terms between 1980 and 2019. The Gandhi loyalist, who grew to became chums with used PM Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay on the Doon Faculty in Dehradun, became succeeded as Chhindwara MP by his wife Alka in 1996 Lok Sabha Elections. The ideal loss Congress faced became in 1997 bypoll when used Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunder Lal Patwa beat Kamal Nath by over 37,000 votes.

Kamal Nath then wrested Chhindwara from the BJP in 1998, and held on to it till 2019, a success 5 elections in a row. His son Nakul Nath acquired in 2019 in a hotly contested election to set his family bastion.

“I later asked a number one Indian industrialist the diagram it became that leaders worship Nath and [Sharad] Pawar may perchance presumably maybe furthermore invent VIP constituencies, but the mighty Gandhis may perchance presumably maybe furthermore no longer assemble the equivalent for Amethi,” Sharma wrote extra, regarding the capability the Congress birthday celebration struggled to win fifth generation Gandhi-Nehru scion Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in 2014. Five months after January 2019 when Ruchir’s e book became printed, Amethi pronounced its verdict in opposition to Rahul Gandhi by electing the BJP’s Smriti Irani.

For the Congress birthday celebration, Amethi grew to became a bastion subtracted. The spotlight is now on Chhindwara that elected Congress birthday celebration amid BJP’s attempts to redeem PM Modi’s recognition in the constituency.

“He stated it became about playing the game: figures worship Nath and Pawar are on friendly terms with non-public industry folks and is no longer going to hesitate to tap them for constructing funds and aid. The Gandhis are too cautious of non-public industry to make the important connections or name in say favours,” Sharma added.

But ahead of 2024 polls, the ruling BJP has invested its full may perchance presumably maybe to wrest Chhindwara from Congress, after taking up a legion of the Nath loyalists in the constituency.

Nakul Nath is pitted in opposition to BJP’s district president Vivek ‘Bunty’ Sahu, who claims to be “Chhindwara’s staunch son” and paints Nakul as an “outsider dynast”.

The BJP has claimed to have inducted over 2,000 Congress leaders and workers in Chhindwara, including Amarwara’s MLA Kamlesh Pratap Shah, mayor Vikram Ahake and quite a bit of councillors.

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Nath is furthermore the richest Lok Sabha candidate in election fray with resources worth about ₹697 crore, an political liability that the BJP has publicised locally.

With election fervour muted for the length of silence length after April 17, the voters of Chhindwara will either win or repeat the history.

Chhindwara will vote on April 19. The counting of votes is scheduled to take set on April 4.

Mukul Sharma

Mukul Sharma is a Unusual Delhi-based mostly fully mostly multimedia journalist covering geopolitical traits in and previous the Indian subcontinent. Deeply in the affairs


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