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Madhya Pradesh: Pragya Thakur Leading by 1 Lakh Votes, BJP’s Hyper-Nationalism Pays Off || SNE

By  THE WIRE .
May 23, 2019

Sikh News Express

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Malegaon blast accused ‘Sadhvi’ Pragya Thakur from Bhopal against senior Congress leader and three-time former CM Digvijay Singh.

 

New Delhi: BJP’s Pragya Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, is leading against Congress’ Digvijay Singh in the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh by more than one lakh votes.

 

Pragya Thakur today said, “I will definitely win. My win is the victory of dharma, destruction of adharma. She thanked the people of Bhopal for their faith in her.

 

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia is trailing in Guna.

 

BJP’s Sudheer Gupta is likely to retain the Mandsour seat, making it his second win against Congress’ Meenakshi Natarajan. As per the latest numbers, Gupta is leading with over 3,40,000 votes.

 

The election to the Bhopal seat during the Lok Sabha polls is probably going to be the most followed across the globe as the counting is taken up on Thursday, May 23.

 

This because the Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Malegaon blast accused ‘Sadhvi’ Pragya Thakur from the constituency and she is taking on senior Congress leader and three-time former CM of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh.

 

Though the BJP, which won 27 of the 29 seats in the state in the 2014 elections, has projected Pragya to be a ‘victim’ of the Hindu terror bogey, political analysts say globally the election is being seen as the party’s patronage for a terror accused.

 

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Few are buying the party’s argument right now that Hindu or saffron terror was only a figment of imagination or a term coined by Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh and former home minister P. Chidambaram to malign the community.

 

During the 2014 election, BJP had polled 54.76% votes while Congress managed just 35.35% votes. But for senior leaders Kamal Nath in Chhindwara (who won it for the ninth time) and Jyotiraditya Scindia in Guna, who won their seats despite the ‘Modi wave’, the Congress would have drawn a blank.

 

But in the years since, the party has again worked its way up. It raised issues of farmer distress, the hardship caused by demonetisation and GST introduced by the Central government, and issues of corruption pertaining to the Shivraj Singh Chauhan-led BJP government in the state. This saw the party graph go up and in the November 2018 polls to the 230-member assembly elections, it won 113 seats.

 

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With the help of the BSP, the SP and independents, the party formed a government with Nath as chief minister. The BJP actually had a marginally higher vote percentage of 41.02 as against 40.89 of the Congress but it ended up winning just 109 seats.

 

While for the Congress the major issues again are more or less the same, an element of communal politics has got added to these elections. In fact, to counter Pragya’s aggressive Hindutva and campaigning, Digvijay also took to taking the help of sadhus and organised yagnas. Bhopal was painted saffron by both the sides and many other leaders too took to temple visits in order to deny BJP an outright advantage.

The BJP has apart from raising issues of development under its rule and talking about national security also attacked the Congress for not fulfilling the promise it made before the assembly polls of waiving all the loans of the farmers.

 

The state voted in four phases on April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The election and the way the campaigning took place brought the voters out in large numbers. The polling percentage bears testimony to this – it rose sharply from 61.61% in 2014 to 71.20% this time.

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