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Party wants Uma Bharti to contest

UMA BHARTI?S Bharatiya Janshakti is meeting in the State capital on Sunday to discuss party candidates for Bada Malehra and Vidisha by-elections. With the BJP already announcing its nominees for the by-elections on Friday, the BJ leaders are now mounting pressure on party president Uma Bharti to contest from either of the two seats.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 15:55 IST

BJ gets down to discussing candidates
UMA BHARTI’S Bharatiya Janshakti is meeting in the State capital on Sunday to discuss party candidates for Bada Malehra and Vidisha by-elections. With the BJP already announcing its nominees for the by-elections on Friday, the BJ leaders are now mounting pressure on party president Uma Bharti to contest from either of the two seats.

The Bharatiya Janshakti was waiting for the BJP to declare its candidates for deciding its candidates. It had almost decided to field Prahlad Patel from Bada Malehra so that he would unite Uma Bharti’s loyalist MLAs, who are presently in a state of confusion, against the State Government in the Vidhan Sabha.

But Kapur Chand Guhara’s candidature from Bada Malehra has upset the BJ’s equations. BJP’s decision to opt for Rampal instead of Varun Gandhi has also added pressure on the BJ.  Uma will have to find a strong candidate in the electoral battle against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh in Vidisha.

The history of Vidisha constituency is big dampener for Uma’s party. Chouhan, who won from here five times, will leave no stone unturned to ensure his nominee’s victory by a huge margin. A Janshakti leader admitted that the BJP has taken his party by surprise in selecting Kapur Chand for Bada Malehra.

“Unless Uma Bharti herself contests the seat, our victory seems unlikely. As far as Vidisha is concerned Uma Bharti won’t risk her political career given the constituency’ profile,” he said.

In the event, Janshakti’s choices are limited to Prahlad Patel, Raghunandan Sharma or somebody else from outside the Janshakti, he added.