The Congress party is once again fighting itself over how to challenge the leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, in Vidisha, a constituency 35 miles north of Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal.
Uma's frequent run-ups with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar came to the fore again as Bharti was banished to Uttar Pradesh.
The party has tried to match BJP trick for trick in Madhya Pradesh. Some tricks may have worked for it but others might boomerang.
Bilochan Prasad, 54, hails from Chhapra in Bihar but, has spent half his life plying auto-rickshaws in Delhi. He is quite amused by the milling crowds at the headquarters of various political parties during the ticket distribution season.
In rejecting Advani’s request the party (read Modi) has also handed a message to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who invited Advani to contest from Bhopal
Is the Modi wave strong enough not to brook dissent among scorned party veterans? If that is so why are senior BJP leaders scampering for safe seats?
Disputes over candidates for the Lok Sabha election could hamper the BJP's chances of sweeping the state.
In Madhya Pradesh, only 16 of 95 Assembly segments of sitting MPs saw Cong candidates being elected in the recently concluded Assembly elections.
The BJP has regularly timed its actions to pull the rug from under the opposition’s feat at crucial stages.
The state government is trying to win over the farmers by spreading the repayment of short term loan up to three years and bear the interest over it.
The Congress has also kept its focus over the professional examination board scam which the government is trying to push under the carpet.
A senior leader said the ministers and other leaders should now look beyond personal gains or the party will have to pay for their greed.
There is a question mark on AAP’s prospects in MP as most surveys have predicted a strong wave in BJP’s favour
Defeatist attitude afflicts the Congress’ approach to Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The party’s formula for candidates’ selection has led to several interpretations and speculation.
Digvijaya’s supporters suggested Sajjan Singh Verma might desert the party and could find takers in the BJP.
The move to elevate Digvijaya Singh is apparently aimed at keeping the party united for the Lok Sabha elections due before May.
The Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police, which is conducting investigations into the scam, presented its preliminary inquiry report before the sessions judge in Bhopal.
The party appointed Arun Yadav as Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president on the eve of his 40th birthday.
Though the Congress also has had great affinity for liquor mafiosi, it jumped at the opportunity of alleging a secret understanding between the BJP and the liquor barons.