IN A bid to mount pressure on the BJP central leadership to declare Sadhna Singh as the party candidate for the Vidisha Lok Sabha by-poll, the party’s Vidisha unit has dashed off letters to the central BJP leaders.
A group of the party workers from Vidisha intercepted BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar at the State BJP office in the State capital recently and put forward their demand.
If the party leaders are to be believed, Ananth Kumar not only gave them a dressing down but also dissuaded them from raising Sadhna Singh’s name.
He is said to have advised them against this, if they were wellwishers of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, sources said.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Vidisha unit president Umakant Sharma confirmed that they have sent letters to the Central leaders, though he refused to disclose the content.
Sharma said the district unit has recommended only the name of Sadhna Singh. He hoped that the election committee would forward only her name when it meets on October 4.
On Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s “outright rejection of their demand”, Sharma said it was the party workers’ rather than the local people’s demand to field Sadhna Singh from Vidisha.
Chouhan, he said told them “he would not talk to the party leaders about it. It was the party which would take the decision on the same.”
On Sadhna’s lack of political experience, he said she was the special invitee on the district BJP working committee since three years. Besides, she had been interacting with the people in the constituency for the last four Lok Sabha elections.
Vidisha may be considered a safe seat for the BJP but the party district unit stopped short of projecting such a picture of the constituency.
For, any such impression will go against their claim that Sadhna Singh is the only suitable candidate for the seat. Asked whether anybody else fielded by the party from here would win Vidisha seat given the constituency’s profile, Sharma said he would not like to comment on that.