The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despite claiming that Indore has become its stronghold and win the municipal elections with a thumping majority, the saffron party is leaving no stone unturned to sweep the civic polls. Voting will take place on January 31.
State BJP president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan, who was in Indore on Friday to inaugurate the central election office of party's mayoral candidate and MLA Malini Gaud, took individual assurance from all BJP MLAs that they will ensure the party's win with record votes from their constituencies.
"A dead Congress can return to haunt us as ghost if we don't work hard to reach out to people," Chauhan told party MLAs, workers and supporters present at the function.
Before the start of the function, Chauhan held a meeting with party MLAs Sudarshan Gupta, Mahendra Hardia, Usha Thakur for about 30 minutes to discuss the party's strategy and winning prospects. Rebellion surfaced most in assembly constituency 1, 5 and 3 which Gupta, Hardia and Thakur represent respectively.
Despite being confident, the BJP is wary about prevailing discontent, rebellion within the organisation which will hold back party leaders from contacting voters.
More importantly, the BJP-led Indore Municipal Corporation faces the charge of doing little to upgrade civic amenities, especially garbage disposal in last four and half years with the result that people took legal recourse to get it done.
On Saturday, Chauhan asked state urban administration minister Kailash Vijayvargiya to take overall charge of municipal elections in Indore to help party win.
Though seething inside, the party appears jubilant on surface after it succeeded in drawing several Congressmen to its fold and the Congress camp appearing down and out. "Not all is well in the party. We're cautious, careful and keeping a watch on rebels," a city BJP office-bearer remarked.