Shivraj move may boomerang on BJP

BJP seems to be wasting its one of the most prominent young leaders in Shivraj Singh Chauhan by fielding him against Digvijay Singh in his home turf Raghogarh.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 19:06 IST

TheBJP's gamble of fielding Lok Sabha MP Shivraj Singh Chauhan, one of its most prominent young leaders, against Chief Minister Digvijay Singh from Raghogarh assembly seat is likely to boomerang on the party.

Instead of tying down the CM in his constituency, the BJP would waste the talent of a good orator and leader by limiting Chauhan, who at present represent Vidisha Lok Sabha seat,to one assembly constituency.

Chauhan, BJPnational general secretary and in-charge of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), would have been more useful for the party had he not contested the election. Then he would have toured the entire state upping the ante against the state government in public meetings and through his exceptional organisational skills. But now he would be tied down to Digvijay bastion at Raghogarh, where experts say, he stands not much chance if the present estimates are to go by.

The four-time BJP MP could have been an asset not only for Vidisha and adjoining districts but also the other districts of the State since having held the posts of BJYM State president and national president he knows the party workers all over the State.

But Raghogarh would be a new area for him from the point of view of contesting election. He would have to visit door-to-door and meet the people in less than a month.A daunting task indeed.

It would seemingly be an uphill task for Chauhan to win over the voters in Singh's constituency, where the voters sing paeans for the CM. Singh has nursed his constituency well for all these years. Trying to defeat an incumbent CM is daunting if not an impossible task, says the experts.

However, nothing is impossible as the statistics show. Two incumbent CMs -- DP Mishra and Kailashnath Katju,both of Congress, have lost elections in the past.

May be, Chauhan has now made up his mind for taking big risks with sure shot chances of big returns later.

First Published: Nov 04, 2003 19:06 IST