Amid large-scale factionalism within the Congress unit of Madhya Pradesh, almost all major party leaders met in Bhopal on Monday evening and announced to contest the 2023 assembly elections under the leadership of MPCC chief Kamal Nath. The party also prepared a strategy for the preparation of the assembly elections during the meeting.
Meanwhile, as was rumoured, MPCC chief Nath, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, did not step down during the meeting. It was said that Nath can hand over the responsibility of focusing on Mission 2023 to someone else.
Senior leader Dr Govind Singh, who has expressed his desire to be handed over the post in the past, had on Monday expressed his desire to be given the responsibility again.
Meanwhile, all the leaders present in the meeting held at Kamal Nath’s residence agreed to contest the assembly elections in the year 2023 under the leadership of Kamal Nath.
Congress media cell president Jitu Patwari said that such meetings would now be held twice a month. He said that the Shivraj government will be surrounded at the grassroots level and for this agitation will be organized from panchayat to state level on issues like inflation, unemployment etc.
After a long time, along with all the senior leaders of the party including Kamal Nath, Digvijay Singh, Ajay Singh, Arun Yadav, Suresh Pachauri, NP Prajapati, Kantilal Bhuria, all the second rank leaders came under one roof and discussed the election strategy.
Moreover, Nath was showing signs of intense efforts to bring party leaders on the same page, after a tussle with many of them and was seen with his old adversary Arun Yadav at a temple on Sunday. Since 2018, when Yadav was undefeated as MPCC chief, the two leaders had a cold relationship and were never seen together.
After the meeting, Yadav tweeted that the state unit of Congress would contest the assembly elections under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Kamal Nath, displaying the newly found union.
Former Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot said that the Shivraj government is putting the burden of inflation on the common people and the state is burrowing into debt of four lakh crores, the financial condition of the state is shaky and the public is increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG every day. Worried about growth. The leaders decided to raise awareness among the public on farmers, price rise, unemployment and other issues.
Earlier in the day, the MPCC chief, who attended the Youth Congress meeting chaired by national chief Srinivas BV in Bhopal, said he would regularly talk to leaders and that he was meeting former ministers on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Nath urged the youth leaders to “give away the world of Facebook and WhatsApp”, saying they would not be able to gain anything from the virtual world. He called upon the youth of the party to fight for the common man.
The BJP appeared unhappy with the Congress’s performance of unity. BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agarwal said it was about Kamal Nath being supported by other leaders in their positions. Agarwal said that Nath was expected to give up the post of Leader of Opposition to any SC or ST candidate, but nothing happened.
Political experts are also curious to know how far the MPCC chief takes these struggling leaders and how he plans to create a nexus between the old warriors and GenNext leaders in the state.
Youth Congress (YC) national president Srinivas Biwi, who is present in Bhopal, said that the BJP and the RSS are apprehensive of the Gandhi family, so they are engaged in a malicious campaign against them. Reviewing the progress of YC’s ‘Ek Booth Punch Youth’ campaign, he said that the youth wing will strengthen the party’s hold on the booth which will help in defeating the BJP.
YC national in-charge Krishna Allaru said that YC Vyapam will fight for justice for the youths who have been cheated in the examination.