Voices of dissent against candidature in BJP, Cong

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Barwani, MP, Nov 1 (UNI) After formal announcement of candidates by the BJP and the Congress, voices of dissent has been raised in this district.

Former legislator Gyarilal Rawat has described Sendhwa Congress candidate Sukhlal Parmar as an outsider and written to the party High Command demanding change of his candidature.

Agriculture Produce Market Vice-Chairman Dayaram Dabar, Sendhwa municipality's former Chairman Rajendra Motiyani, district panchayat member, janpad members, councillors, and sarpanchs have complained that Mr Parmar had played an important role in the defeat of the Congress during previous elections when he contested on NCP ticket.

Fielding Barwani janpad president Ramesh Patel from Barwani seat had brought report of another person planning to contest as an independent, Congress sources said.

Candidature of Ms Shakuntala Baskron from Rajpur has been opposed by supporters of district Congress President Chandrabhaga Kirad, who lost during previous elections.

With Anjad seat disappearing in delimitation, Congress leader Bala Bachchan has been fielded from newly-formed Pansemal seat, which is dominated by Borela tribals, who are strongly opposing her candidature, as Ms Bachchan belongs to Bhilala sub-caste.

However, she can have some relief from the fact that sitting BJP legislator Deewan Singh has openly opposed candidature of former legislator Versingh Sisodia's son Kaniyhalal Sisodia.

Mr Singh has demanded change of candidate from Pansemal. He said this demand was his democratic right and he did not regard it as indiscipline. He said he would go to Bhopal along with 3,000 supporters and demand his right.

Except Mr Singh, the BJP has provided tickets to all three sitting legislators in Barwani. On the other hand, the Congress has mostly fielded supporters of former state party President Subhash Yadav although Ms Bachchan is a supporter of Union Minister Kamal Nath.

Former district Congress President Shekhar Patni described dissent as natural given that several aspirants had staked claim for party tickets.

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