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Rebellion brews in Congress in Indore

With nomination for polls over, Cong candidates now wait for BJP nominations while disgruntled elements within Cong are thinking of ways to weaken their own party?s nominee.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 16:17 IST

Nomination for the election over, the Congress candidates now wait for the BJP nominations while the disgruntled elements within the Congress are thinking of the ways to damage the prospects of their own party’s nominee.

Every Congress candidate fears sabotage by the rival camp. The candidates may request Chief Minister Digvijay Singh to come down to Indore and hold a meeting with all the factions of the party and give them instructions to cooperate with the candidates, said sources in the party.

It is not without any reason that the candidates look more concerned to placate the disgruntled elements within the party than woo the voters at the initial stage of electioneering.

The Congress candidate from Indore constituency No. 3, Ashwin Joshi, said that there were bound to be some heartburns among the activists but it evaporated after the list was declared. All were Congress workers and ultimately they would work for the party’s victory, he asserted.

The Congress candidate from Depalpur, Satyanarayan Patel, said that those in the race for party tickets were now working with him for ensuring the party’s victory. He saw no resentment in them.

However, the sources said, it was almost certain that nobody could prevent sabotage on most of the seats. Nonetheless, the candidates should rely on 28 per cent sure votes of the Congress and the votes his personal image could ensure to him.

That’s why the candidates’ selection held the key in the party. The party did not drop any of the sitting MLAs in Indore except Jagdish Patel representing Depalpur. The selection had gone against the oft-repeated claims of the State Congress president Radhakishan Malviya that about 40 per cent of the present MLAs would be denied tickets.

It seemed the party had relied upon the young leaders again because of their agility. As far as the disgruntled elements are concerned the party, the Chief Minister and the candidates would have to make concerted efforts to placate them.

First Published: Nov 04, 2003 16:17 IST