Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday released the second list of candidates for the assembly elections to be held in Madhya Pradesh, in which the name of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is also included.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar :

The party has given ticket to Narendra Tomar from Dimani assembly seat. This decision of the party has created a stir in the political circles. However, amid all this, the seat of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is yet to be decided. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been out of state politics for the last 15 years and was last MLA from Gwalior till 2008. He is currently an MP from Morena.

‘Acceptable Face’ :

A few months ago, the Bharatiya Janata Party had also announced Tomar’s name as the campaign committee chief for the upcoming state elections, as he was the most “acceptable face” among the old BJP leaders at that time. Narendra Tomar comes from Gwalior-Chambal region, where BJP could win only eight out of 34 seats in the 2018 elections and he is hoping for a change with this decision.

The ruling party has not yet announced the candidature of Shivraj Singh Chauhan. CM’s name is always in the first list of the party. But Chauhan’s name is not in the first two lists of total 78 candidates. He is MLA from Budhni since 2006. A state BJP leader told News18, ‘Budhani seat is yet to be announced. CM will fight from there. Don’t read too much (about the delay).

CM Shivraj's Seat In Waiting

CM Shivraj’s Seat In Waiting

‘PM Did Not Take Chauhan’s Name’ :

Amidst all this chaos, Congress is not leaving any opportunity to take a dig. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not take the name of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his entire speech in Bhopal on Monday. Surjewala said, ‘The PM did not take the name of even a single scheme of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the last 18 years. He did not even take the name of the CM.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is usually speaking from every platform about his signature Mukhyamantri Laadli Behna Yojana, in which the state government is giving Rs 1,250 per month to more than 1.3 crore women. State BJP has termed this scheme as a ‘game changer’ in the elections. But the PM has not yet mentioned this scheme in his address to the state. Congress is asking whether this scheme is not against the BJP’s policy of “no freebies” being followed in other states.

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