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Now, Raman junior enters poll fray

Narendra Modi's own party leader, somebody no less than CM Raman Singh, has got his son, Abhishek, nominated for his old seat, Rajnandgaon, ignoring the sitting MP, Madhusudan Yadav’s claim.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2014 00:13 IST
Ejaz Kaiser

At least one of the two most favourite topics of BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi -- corruption and dynastic politics – may come back to haunt him in Chhattisgarh.

For, his own party leader, somebody no less than CM Raman Singh, has got his son, Abhishek, nominated for his old seat, Rajnandgaon, ignoring the sitting MP, Madhusudan Yadav’s claim.

The BJP won 10 of the 11 seats in Chhattisgarh in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

During the assembly elections in the state last year, Modi told a rally in Kawardha, Raman Singh’s hometown: “The Congress does not see anything beyond families. Had Raman Singh been in the Congress, his son would have been given a ticket.”

Now, Abhishek, 34, finds his name among the BJP’s 11 Lok Sabha candidates announced for Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Abhishek will inherit Rajnandgaon from where Raman Singh defeated Congress’ Moti Lal Vora in 1999.

The entry of the CM’s son into the fray, however, didn’t come as a surprise for the state leaders. “Based on the views of workers and Yadav’s consent, the local body requested the party to consider Abhishek,” BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma told HT.

But earlier on Wednesday, supporters of Yadav staged protests outside the state BJP office. Later, Yadav agreed on Abhishek’s nomination in a meeting. Raman Singh said, “Giving ticket to Abhishek was a decision of the party’s organisation. Now he has to work hard.”

Returning to Raipur on Sunday along with his father, Abhishek felt the Modi wave would bring convincing victory to the BJP this time. “I have been working for the people and the party in Rajnandgaon for the past several years,” he told reporters.

Abhishek, an engineer by qualification and an MBA, will fight against the Congress’ new face, Kamleshwar Verma, 53, a law graduate, who is the state president of the OBC organisation, Lodhi Samaj.