Congress general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, who has often been blamed by his own party leaders for allegedly sabotaging their electoral prospects, has taken up the responsibility of three Parliamentary seats in the state and is trying his best to make sure that party candidates win in these seats.
The Congress candidates from Rajgarh (Narayan Singh Amlabe),Vidisha (Laxman Singh) and Bhopal ( P C Sharma) are considered close to Digvijay and it was thanks to him that they got the party tickets.
Rajgarh, from where Digvijay himself had contested in the past, is considered safe for the Congress. In the 2009 elections, the party won the seat by less than 25,000 votes. The reason for this relatively slender victory margin was the fact that Digvijay’s younger brother, Laxman Singh, had contested the election on a BJP ticket. Losing the seat will cause a great embarrassment for him. Interestingly, Laxman, on a Congress ticket, will take on Sushma Swaraj, sitting MP and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, from the high-profile Vidisha seat.
Sushma had won the last elections by a huge margin of over 3.90 lakh votes as the nomination of the Congress candidate was rejected on technical grounds. However this time, Digvijay is himself expected to campaign extensively for his brother. Vidisha, which is also the Assembly seat of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was expected to be a cakewalk for Sushma but with the introduction of Laxman, she will have to launch a full-fledged campaign. The Bhopal seat from where Digvijay’s longtime associate and former MLA P C Sharma is contesting will be one of the most watched after seats as both Sharma and BJP candidate Alok Sanjar are locals and novices compared to people who have represented this seat in the past.