Bhopal, November 5: With less than a month left for the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has to quell rebellions within the party, apart from tackling the Opposition. Former chief minister of the state Babulal Gaur has asked the party leadership to give him the ticket from Govindpura constituency of Bhopal. Gaur has also pitched for his daughter-in-law Krishna Gaur for the same seat.
The former chief minister told The Indian Express, “Both I and Krishnaji will contest as Independents from different seats if neither of us is fielded from Govindpura.” Gaur is a 10-time MLA from Govindpura. He had contested his first election as an independent candidate. As per reports, Mayor Alok Sharma and party general secretary V D Sharma are among the leading contenders who can get a ticket of Govindpura, if the party decided to sideline the 88-year-old senior party leader. Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018 ABP News Opinion Poll Results: Congress To Win Majority With 122 Seats
Gaur said that he would not join any opposition party but would contest as an Independent. Krishna Gaur, a former Bhopal mayor, also said that if she won’t get a ticket by the BJP, she would resign from the party and contest as an Independent. According to a report published in The Indian Express, The party offered her Bhopal (North), represented by the state’s only Muslim MLA Arif Aqueel — a Congressman — but like many BJP leaders, she is not keen on contesting from the seat.
Reports also suggested that many other party leaders might contest as independent if tickets are not allotted to them. Meanwhile, the BJP on Monday released its second list of candidates for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018. In the second list, the BJP declared names of 17 candidates. The party released the first list of 177 candidates last week. Voting to elect new Assembly in Madhya Pradesh will take place on December 7. The results will be declared on December 11.