Indore: Expectations ride on BJP nominee Malini

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jan 05, 2015 18:14 IST

Two months back when Indore's mayoral post was declared reserved for backward class woman candidate, Indore MP and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had said the BJP should nominate a woman who could take decisions on her own.

Now that the state BJP leadership has declared two-time MLA Malini Gaud as party's mayoral candidate from Indore, it remains to be seen whether she can live up to Mahajan's expectation or there would be people who will run the civic body on her behalf.

If state BJP leadership is to be believed, Malini Gaud, 53, is the only OBC woman candidate party in Indore who has administrative and legislative experience; while others who were in the race including Puja Patidar, Malti Dagor, wife of ex-MLA Gopikrishna Nema or daughter-in-law of former Indore Development Authority chairman Madhu Verma had none.

When Malini Gaud was first elected as BJP MLA from Indore assembly Constituency 4 in 2008, it was by default. Her husband Laxman Singh Gaud who represented the same constituency and was school education minister had died in road accident.

Since Gaud had helped strengthen the party and was close to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, she was given ticket for the 2008 assembly elections.

This was despite the fact that she lacked experience and voters regarded Kailash Sharma, the present city BJP president, as the true political heir of Laxman Singh Gaud in assembly Constituency 4. She was given ticket again in 2013 assembly polls and she won.

The 2015 mayoral elections will be no different. While Malini Gaud may lack the ability to win mayoral elections on her own, the BJP is keen on winning polls.

At stake is the BJP's 15-year rule in Indore Municipal Corporation which the party doesn't want to lose. More importantly, the assembly constituencies falling in Indore municipal limit have BJP MLAs.

Malini Gaud belongs to Soni community, a backward caste, which fetched her ticket for mayoral post, reserved for OBC woman candidate. Her husband Laxman Singh Gaud, a Rajput, belonged to general category. An arts graduate and former NCC cadet, Malini Gaud is a trained horse rider.

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