As the state elections in Madhya Pradesh are due in November 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is targeting a fourth consecutive victory in the state. On the other hand, the Indian National Congress (INC) is hoping for a ‘ghar wapsi’. The state elections due in November 2018 are not less than semi-finals to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is known as the third largest player in the state with an average vote share of 6-7 per cent while Samajwadi Party (SP) has an average vote share of 2-3 per cent in the state in early 90’s. But both the parties have seen a downfall since last two elections. On the other hand, Congress in order to give a tough competition to the most stable party in the state, BJP, is looking for options to form Mahagathbandhan with the similar parties. Regarding the Mahagathbandhan the Congress is recently said to be in talks with the BSP and SP as well.
In order to stand back in the state and fight against the 15-year-old government, the Congress is finding ways to display the false image of BJP in the state by alleging the party for various mishappenings like farmer suicides, crimes against women etc. Where as BJP on the other hand is looking forward to win the elections on the basis of the development that took place under the guidelines of Shiv Raj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Madhya Pradesh, which was earlier said to be known as the ‘BIMARU’ state has become the second-fastest growing state after Gujarat. Leaving the ‘BIMARU’ tag behind, the state has recorded the highest agricultural growth rate in the country.
While BJP is moving forward in the 2019 state elections with Chouhan’s successful image amongst the people and the development made by him, Congress, on the other hand, is still stuck with their old warhorse which includes the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president, Kamal Nath, youth icon Jyotiraditya Scindia and the campaign committee chief and ex-chief minister Digvijaya Singh.
The overall political scene looks like one BJP standing against many of Congress in which Chouhan is a leader with an image of kisanputra and a down to earth person with a popularity that makes him stand next to Prime Minister Modi. Whereas on the other hand, the opposition with leaders Nath, Scindia, and Singh undergo a royalty image. This overall makes the upcoming state’s election a fight between mittisejudakisanputra and air-conditioned-room leaders who are born with a silver spoon. In Modi’s language, we can say that a fight between ‘kaamdaar’ versus ‘naamdar’.