12 Jun 2023

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election-2023: Will Sitting MLA & Minister Usha Thakur Be Given Ticket From Mhow Despite Growing Demand For Local Candidate

Indore: This time assembly elections will be challenging for BJP in Mhow. Mhow assembly seat of Indore district in Madhya Pradesh is famous in the state as cabinet minister Usha Thakur is the MLA from here. This time also she is preparing to contest the election but the demand for the local candidate has put her in trouble. Now it remains to be seen if the sitting MLA & minister Usha Thakur be Able to contest from Mhow despite growing demand for local candidate.

Mhow assembly constituency is the center of discussion for the last several elections. The reason for this is that veteran BJP leader and former cabinet minister Bherulal Patidar has been contesting elections from here. 

In 1972, the then Chief Minister Prakash Chandra Sethi had also fought from here. In 2008, after the death of late Patidar, BJP had given ticket to another veteran leader Kailash Vijayvargiya from here. Kailash Vijayvargiya won consecutively in 2008 and 2013. 

Outside candidates have been contesting in Mhow

In 2018, ticket was given to Usha Thakur from here, who had won the 2013 election from Assembly Constituency No. 3 and was the State Vice President of BJP. In a very difficult situation, she had defeated Congress's popular candidate Antar Singh Darbar by about 7200 votes. Outside candidates has been contesting in Mhow for the last three times in a row, but this time party workers have started demanding local candidate.

There is a lot of debate going on for this. Radheshyam Yadav, the co-coordinator of the state BJP training cell and veteran office-bearer of the Malwa province of the Sangh, Shekhar Bundela who went to jail under MISA during Emergency and former district president Ashok Somani, who held several positions in the BJP organization, have publicly demanded from the BJP that in 2023 a local leader should be given ticket. 

This demand is gaining momentum in the Mhow BJP. Tourism and Culture Minister of the state Usha Thakur is upset due to the demand for a local candidate. Although she has live contact with the area, but still the workers find it difficult to contact her because she is a native of Vidhan Sabha constituency number 1 of Indore.

50,000 tribal and 30,000 Muslim voters

As far as social and caste equations are concerned, about 50,000 tribal voters reside in Mhow assembly constituency. Apart from these there are about 30,000 Muslim voters. The number of Patidar, Khati, Thakur and Brahmin voters is equal i.e. ten thousand each. Congress has been victorious 9 times and BJP 7 times out of 16 assembly elections held since independence.

These are main contenders

Apart from cabinet minister Usha Thakur, Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of late Bherulal Patidar, Kavita Patidar is also seeking ticket from BJP.  Besides, Radheshyam Yadav, Shekhar Bundel, Ram Kishore Shukla, Ashok Somani, Kanchan Singh Chauhan, District Panchayat member Dinesh Singh Chauhan and BJYM District President Manoj Singh Thakur are also seeking ticket. 

The names of Antar Singh Darbar, Kailash Pandey, Yogesh Yadav and Dr. Anand Rai, who have been defeated three times in a row, are being taken from the Congress side. 

Dispute between Cantonment Board and civil area is main issue

Apart from unemployment and infrastructure development, the main issue of this constituency is the ongoing dispute regarding the Cantonment Board and Civil Area. Due to the Cantonment Board, the residents of this place have to face many problems. Proposals are sent to Central Command Lucknow for approval of maps etc. but approval comes with great difficulty. For this reason building a house is a big problem for Cantt residents. 

When the Cantonment Board was formed, the population of Mhow was only 10,000, which has increased to touch the figure of one lakh. For a long time the residents of Mhow have been demanding that the Cantt Board leave the land for the residents and a municipality should be formed there. 

Considering the importance of the army, the central government has not done anything for the civil area so far, but according to the discussions, the central government is going to remove all the 62 cantt boards at the All India level and hand them over to the municipalities. For the last 40 years, the issue of Cantt Board vs Civil Area remains the main issue in Mhow Assembly Constituency.

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