Janshakti workers begin spadework
THE BHARTIYA Janshakti appears to be in a fix over the party president Uma Bharti?s candidature in Bada Malehra bypolls. Despite the party?s keenness to see the sadhvi emerge as a national leader, it is desperate to undo the damage it suffered in Raibareilly and Budhni poll by-election debacles. Uma Bharti had resigned from the seat as an MLA recently after launching own political outfit.india Updated: May 26, 2006 13:34 IST
THE BHARTIYA Janshakti appears to be in a fix over the party president Uma Bharti’s candidature in Bada Malehra bypolls. Despite the party’s keenness to see the sadhvi emerge as a national leader, it is desperate to undo the damage it suffered in Raibareilly and Budhni poll by-election debacles. Uma Bharti had resigned from the seat as an MLA recently after launching own political outfit.
The party feels that Uma’s comprehensive win in the Bada Malehra by-election would boost the sagging morale of the cadre in a big way. With this strategy in mind, the party has already started campaigning in the constituency in right earnest, despite the fact that the Election Commission is yet to notify the poll schedule. The party’s mass contact programme during the ongoing membership drive has already started.
The Janshakti’s alacrity has virtually alarmed the BJP. Two days ago, State BJP organisational general secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki and vice-president Dr Ramkrishna Kusamaria visited the constituency to take stock of the situation. The BJP
is desperately looking for a candidate who could give a tough fight to Uma on her turf.
The fight is not for the seat alone; it has become a prestige issue too. What Budhni by-election was to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bada Malehra constituency is to Uma Bharti.
In Solanki’s meeting, a section of workers had demanded that a local candidate be fielded from the constituency. Till now, only candidates from outside Bada Malehra have been winning for decades.
The BJP wants to cash in on the backwardness of the constituency by promising development of the area. Solanki told party workers that Bada Malehra’s picture would be changed before the elections.
Obviously, the State government would like to offer sops to the electorate much before the model code of conduct is in place.
The issue of medical college grant for Sagar would also be highlighted to justify the party’s claim. Party sources said Janshakti leader Arvind Shrivastava announced at a workers’ meeting a few days back that Uma would contest the by-election.
Party workers hope that Uma could comfortably register a win which would not only help her salvage her image, but also help the party score a psychological advantage over the BJP, particularly in the Bundelkhand region.