'Faceless' Congress will be wiped out of MP: BJP leader
The Congress is a "faceless, senseless and baseless" party that has no public leader and will be wiped out of Madhya Pradesh in the upcoming Assembly polls, former BJP state president Prabhat Jha said. He also claimed there was no anti-incumbency factor and the saffron party, which is in power in the state for the last 15 years, is receiving "tremendous" support from people.
Polls in Madhya Pradesh due in few months
Polls are due in Madhya Pradesh in a few months. Out of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, 26 are with the BJP Jha said while the Congress has just three MPs - Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kamal Nath and Kantilal Bhuria. The saffron party had won 165 seats in the 2013 Assembly elections, while its main competitor Congress had won 58.
This time, support of people to BJP is tremendous: Jha
"Nothing is left for the Congress in the state. They do not have a face (to project as CM). The party will be wiped out," Jha, a Rajya Sabha MP and a BJP national Vice-President said. He added over 25,000 people attended a programme under the BJP's Jan Ashirwad Yatra showing their support to CM Chouhan, which shows the people are with BJP.
BJP targeting 200 of 230 seats in MP this time
The BJP's target is 200 seats out of the 230 Assembly constituencies in the state, Jha said, adding that the party's slogan for the polls is "Abki bar, 200 par (This time, more than 200 seats)." Over distribution of tickets to sitting Ministers and MLAs, the Rajya Sabha MP said they would decide on it and focus will be on the candidate's winnability.
Scindia, Nath are not public leaders: Jha
On Congress appointing Scindia and Nath as the party's state Campaign Committee Chief and state unit President, respectively, Jha said, "Kamal Nath is a man of the corporate sector and Scindia belongs to a dynastic family. They are restricted to Chhindwara and Guna constituency only."
Jha on BJP losing four by-polls in Madhya Pradesh
On BJP's defeat in several Assembly by-elections in MP, Jha said all the four seats were earlier held by the Congress. "They had just retained the seats and we failed to snatch it from them," he said. Congress won the by-polls to the Mungaoli, Kolaras, Chitrakoot and Ater Assembly seats while the saffron party had retained only the Bandhavgarh seat.
Patidar leader Hardik Patel to hold yatra in MP
On Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel's announcement of holding a yatra in the state to create "awareness" among voters, Jha said, "He has no image in Madhya Pradesh. The Patidars are with Chief Minister Chouhan and the BJP."