Once a bosom friend and now a political adversary, Sachin Pilot will confront Jyotiraditya Scindia in the campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly bye-elections for the 28 vacant seats.
Sachil Pilot has been asked to campaign in the Madhya Pradesh bye-election by the All India Congress Committee. The party is keen to cash in the popularity of Pilot among the Gujjar votes in Madhya Pradesh.
Sachin Pilot to campaign in 16 constituencies
The party has identified 16 constituencies which fall in the region where Scindia has influence. These constituencies are located in the Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, Guna and Shivpuri regions. The 28 seats turned vacant following the resignations of the 28 Congress MLAs.
The resignation of the 28 MLAs resulted in the collapse of the Kamal Nath government as the Congress lost its majority in the state. After the fall of the Kamal Nath government, the BJP formed the government under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Kamal Nath keen to utilise Sachin Pilot
Kamal Nath himself is very keen that Sachin Pilot should campaign for the party and 16 out of the 28 constituencies have been identified where Sachin Pilot will campaign. These constituencies have a large number of Gujjar votes. These constituencies are located on the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh borders.
Sachin Pilot is also actively campaigning for the party in the panchayat elections which is due in Rajasthan on September 26.
14 Cabinet ministers in fray
There are 14 ministers in Shivraj Chauhan’s cabinet who are not a member of the Assembly. Out of the 14 ministers, 11 belong to the Scindia camp. All these ministers will have to contest and win the elections within the stipulated period of six months to continue as a minister.
Kamal Nath, who is the PCC chief of Madhya Pradesh is working hard for the bye-elections and Congress is putting up strong candidates for the same. The party is going to the bypolls against the corrupt practices adopted by the BJP to bring down the Congress government. The elections would be contested between the BJP and Congress on moral issues in politics.
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