12 May 2024

MP Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Fourth Phase: BJP to face tough challenge on these seats in fourth phase?

MP Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Fourth Phase: The election campaign for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh came to a halt on Saturday. Voting will be held on 8 Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh on May 13. Voting will be held on May 13 in Dewas (SC), Ujjain (SC), Mandsaur, Ratlam (ST), Dhar (ST), Indore, Khargone (ST) and Khandwa. But out of these 8 seats, the seat on which everyone's attention is the most is Indore Lok Sabha seat.

Current BJP MP Shankar Lalwani is in the election fray from Indore Lok Sabha seat and Congress had made Akshay Kanti Bam its candidate, but he withdrew the nomination form on the last day of withdrawal of nominations and then joined BJP. Due to this, Congress was out of the electoral contest on Indore Lok Sabha seat.

Congress got a big shock because Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee President Jitu Patwari's home district is Indore and he failed to stop this big incident from happening in his own home district. After this Congress has started NOTA campaign in Indore. The Congress party has not supported any independent candidate and is appealing to the people of Indore to give a message to the BJP government by choosing the NOTA option that they have tried to kill democracy by withdrawing the name of the Congress candidate from Indore. 

As a result of this campaign, BJP leaders are seeing their decision backfiring. This is the reason that on the instructions of the BJP high command, instructions have been given to all the small and big leaders of Indore BJP that the people of Indore should be forbidden from pressing the NOTA button. Indore BJP leaders have also been given three times more target to make candidate Shankar Lalwani win.

Except Indore, there is electoral contest between BJP and Congress candidates on all remaining seats. A total of 74 candidates are trying their luck in the election battlefield on these 8 Lok Sabha seats. 

Keen contest between Cong and BJP on Jhabua-Ratlam seat

In Indore, BJP is worried about NOTA getting more votes, while in Jhabua-Ratlam Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Anita Nagar Singh Chauhan is pitted against the powerful Congress leader and former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria. Both the candidates come from tribal community. While Congress's Kantilal Bhuria is looking strong in Jhabua and Alirajpur areas, BJP candidate Anita Nagar Singh Chauhan's claim is looking stronger in the urban and rural areas of Ratlam. Kantilal Bhuria comes from Bhil tribe while Anita Nagar Singh Chauhan comes from Bhilala tribe. The number of Bhil voters in the area is more than that of Bhilala voters.

But the Modi factor is also working strongly in the area, due to which the BJP candidate also has the upper hand in the election field. BJP is extending full support to Anita Chauhan, wife of Forest Minister Nagar Singh Chauhan. Whereas for Kantilal Bhuria, his MLA son Vikrant Bhuria has also campaigned vigorously with full enthusiasm. If seen this way, the contest between BJP and Congress on Jhabua-Ratlam Lok Sabha seat could be a ken one.

Claim and counter claim

Targeting the BJP, Bhuria recently told media, "Forest Minister Nagar Singh Chauhan's wife Anita has no contribution to the development of the region. The BJP governments at the Centre and in the state have neglected Ratlam." Roads, ponds and dams in this tribal-dominated area were built during Congress rule."

"Due to the lack of employment, tribals of the Ratlam region are still forced to go to Gujarat and Rajasthan for work," he said, adding that government recruitment has been stagnant for a long time", Bhuria said further.

On the other hand Anita Nagar Singh Chauhan said, "Bhuria is not a challenge. We are talking to tribal labourers who have migrated from the Ratlam Lok Sabha constituency to other states to find out what kind of employment can be arranged in their home area. We will create new employment opportunities for them here after the elections."

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