27 Jun 2024

Madhya Pradesh: Amarwara assembly seat now a matter of prestige for Congress; CM Mohan Yadav, other key BJP leaders will also campaign, see details

Amarwara By-Election: After the Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha elections-2024, the focus of Congress and BJP has shifted to the Amarwara by-election. Currently, 9 candidates are contesting for the Amarwara assembly seat. The presence of the Gondwana Republic Party makes the contest a triangular one. Following the recent crushing defeat of Congress, state president Jitu Patwari has focused entirely on this by-election, setting up camp in Amarwara.

Mohan Yadav will join the campaign

Chief Minister Mohan Yadav will join the campaign for the Amarwara by-election, addressing a meeting in support of the party candidate Kamlesh Shah on June 29. BJP workers have already begun preparations for the CM's meeting, with many prominent leaders, including BJP MP Vivek Bunty Sahu, expected to campaign.

Jitu, Nath to campaign vigorously

The Amarwara assembly seat has become a matter of prestige for Congress. Jitu Patwari campaigned for Congress candidate Dhiren Shah Inwati on June 26, joined by Kamal Nath and Nakul Nath. Jitu Patwari addressed a workers' conference in Harrai, where he strongly criticized BJP candidate Kamlesh Shah. Jitu and other party leaders will continue the campaign in the days to come.

Patwari highlighted the achievements of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath, emphasizing his contributions to the development of Chhindwara. Amarwara Congress in-charge Sukhdev Panse, Jamai MLA Sunil Uike, and Chaurai MLA Sujit Chaudhary also accompanied Patwari.

Jitu's Credibility at Stake

Since Jitu Patwari became the Madhya Pradesh Congress President, the party has faced several setbacks. The BJP's outstanding performance in the Lok Sabha elections, where Congress failed to secure a single seat, has led many Congress leaders to question Patwari's leadership. Determined to leave no stone unturned, Patwari has started full-scale preparations for the Amarwara by-election.

Political History of Amarwara

The BJP has fielded Kamlesh Shah from the Amarwara seat. Since 1972, the BJP has only won the Amarwara seat of Chhindwara twice, in 1990 and 2008. The Gondwara Ganatantra Party secured the seat once in 2003, which is reserved for the tribal class. In the 2023 assembly elections, Kamlesh Shah, running as a Congress candidate, defeated BJP's Monika Shah Batti by more than 25,000 votes.

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