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BJP?s calculated risk in by-polls

THE BJP has taken a calculated step in entrusting the responsibility of election affairs to Anil Dave in Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency and Arvind Bhadoria in Bada Malehra Assembly constituency, which will go to by-polls in the coming months.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 12:14 IST

THE BJP has taken a calculated step in entrusting the responsibility of election affairs to Anil Dave in Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency and Arvind Bhadoria in Bada Malehra Assembly constituency, which will go to by-polls in the coming months.

Arvind Bhadoria was the party's elections affairs in-charge during Budhni Assembly constituency by-poll, which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan won with a huge margin over his nearest Congress rival Rajkumar Patel. Dave, however, did not shoulder major responsibility for any election after 2003 Assembly elections in which he played a key role in chalking out strategy for the party's victory and Lok Sabha elections in 2004.

According to party sources, the party has tried to send out a message to the party's rank and file by nominating the two office-bearers that Sangh will be watching the election affairs in these two constituencies very closely. Those who might be planning to indulge in anti-party activities and switching loyalty from the BJP to the Bharatiya Janshakti will have to think twice before doing so, sources maintained.

They said Vidisha happened to be a traditional seat of the saffron brigade, hence the party might be assured to a great extent of its comfortable victory in the by-poll. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was monitoring all political activities in the constituency. For, more than the party, it was the prestige of the CM that was at stake in the constituency, as he had represented the seat four times in a row.

Ministers like Raghavji, Rampal Singh and Laxmikant Sharma are already contributing their might to the party by doing spadework in the Lok Sabha constituency.

Nonetheless, they added, Anil Dave would have to perspire to weave a well-knit organisation setup up to the polling booth level. For him, the situation in 2006 by-poll will vastly differ from that of 2003 Assembly elections when the anti-incumbency factor worked against the then Congress government.