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HindustanTimes Fri,24 Oct 2014

Fielding former BSP candidate paid off for Congress

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 25, 2014
First Published: 22:59 IST(25/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:51 IST(27/8/2014)
The most important factor that helped the Congress to wrest Bahoriband assembly seat from the BJP appears to be the candidature of Saurabh Singh, who had contested on Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket in the last assembly election.
 
Singh had got a sizable vote share in the last election and this vote base was exactly what the Congress had in mind while fielding him. The gamble paid off.
 
The victory in Bahoriband has also revived the talk that the selection of good candidates can help boost the fortunes of the Congress, which has lost three previous assembly elections.
 
Many were sceptical of Congress’ prospects on Bahoriband seat after former Congress MLA Nishith Patel, who was accused of working against party, had joined the BJP.
 
Winning the seat despite these odds will surely boost the morale of the cadres, though the party leaders were expecting a better performance, like in Uttarakhand assembly by-poll and municipal polls in MP recently.
 
The BJP won the other two seats, Vijayraghogarh and Agar, comfortably.

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