Congress to put up united front for MP elections

 Aiming to end the 10-year-old BJP rule in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is pulling out all stops to project a picture of unity in its faction-ridden state unit.

Key leaders in the central leadership of the Congress who are from Madhya Pradesh, be it Kamal Nath whose pocket borough is Chhindwara or Digvijay Singh who holds sway in the Malwa region of the state.

In addition, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh, son of former chief minister and Union minister Arjun Singh, and Satyavrat Chaturvedi are also known to enjoy clout in their respective areas.

Interestingly, all these leaders have been seen off late on a common platform with the young Jyotiraditya Scindia and state Congress chief Kantilal Bhuria at the party’s campaign rallies for the upcoming elections. The central leadership has been treading the fine line when it comes to managing egos. Care is also being taken to see to it that candidates have the approval of the regional satraps, failing which they are bound to lose.

“We have revived the concept of bus yatra. All leaders travel in a single vehicle to address election rallies. This helps us in portraying a picture of unity,” said an All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader who is closely associated with the Congress’ campaign in Madhya Pradesh. Besides forging unity in the state Congress, the party faces an uphill task against the challenge posed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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