BJP, Cong declare candidates for Ater, Bandhavgarh by-polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Mar 2017 11:34:10

Staff Reporter,

BJP fields Arvind Singh Bhadoria from Ater, Shivnarayan Singh from Bandhavgarh Likewise, Congress fielded Hemant Katare from Ater and Savitri Singh from Bandhavgarh

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have declared their candidates for by-elections of Ater and Bandhavgarh Assembly seats respectively on Wednesday. BJP fielded Arvind Singh Bhadoria from Ater seat and Shivnarayan Singh from Bandhavgarh Assembly seat. Notably, Shivnarayan Singh is son of Member of Parliament and Minister Gyan Singh.
Likewise, Congress also declared it’s by-election candidates for Ater and Bandhavgarh assembly seats. It has decided to field Hemant Katare from Ater. From Bandhavgarh, Congress has given ticket to Savitri Singh.

Hemant Katare is son of former Leader of Opposition late Satyadev Katare. Savitri Singh is member of Zila Panchayat in Bandhavgarh. With this, both major political parties of State have declared their candidates and now they are flexing muscles for intense campaigning.
Ater Assembly by-elections have been necessitated following the death of sitting MLA and then Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare and Bandhavgarh seat became vacant after sitting BJP MLA and Minister Gyan Singh got elected to Lok Sabha from Shahdol.

By-elections of Ater and Bandhavgarh have become prestige issue for BJP and Congress. BJP wants to retain its
Bandhavgarh assembly seat and also wants to snatch Ater seat from Congress. On the contrary, Congress wants to improve its performance by winning both by-elections. Besides, Congress is under immense pressure to save its Ater seat. Allegations are going to fly thick during the canvassing. BJP will be trying to win the hearts of voters on the development plank of State Government. On the other hand, Congress is going to raise burning issues such as law and order problem, corruption and attacks against dalits and women to nail the government. Results of by-elections will have deeper impact on the politics of Madhya Pradesh. The past by-elections have been not good for Congress as it lost all of them except Ratlam Lok Sabha seat by election. Hence, Ater and Bandhavgarh assembly by-polls have come as a challenge to State Congress President Arun Yadav.