BJP, Cong ready to fight it out in Jebera Assembly by-poll

The ruling BJP and Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh have planned to go all-out for a victory in the June 25 bye-election for the Jebera Assembly constituency in state`s Damoh district.

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2011, 13:20 PM IST

Bhopal: The ruling BJP and Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh have planned to go all-out for a victory in the June 25 bye-election for the Jebera Assembly
constituency in state`s Damoh district.

The BJP has a slight edge over the Congress in view of the fact that the party had won the bye-elections for the Kukshi and Sonkatch Assembly seats held in February this year.

But the Congress is undeterred by these defeats as the Jebera bye-elections are being fought under a new leadership in the party after Suresh Pachouri was replaced as its State Unit president by Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria.

Soon after Bhuria`s appointment, Ajay Singh was made the Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly and the Jebera elections presents the first test for both of them.

Ajay is also planning to stay put in Jebera for the
bye-elections and he is confident that the Congress would win
there.

"I am optimistic of a Congress win as this time there is
total unity in the party from the top leadership to the
workers at the lowest level," he told a news agency.

The Leader of Opposition said after losing Kukshi, this
bye-election was prestigious for the Congress as Kukshi was
represented by his predecessor Jamuna Devi.

Ajay said everyone knows that Madhya Pradesh BJP
President, Prabhat Jha will be shown what stuff Congress
workers in Madhya Pradesh are made of, this time.

The Congress nominee for the bye-election is
26-year-old Tanya Solomon, daughter of Ratnesh Solomon whose
death caused this election.

Ajay said that the Congress would also derive some
advantage from the good work done by Ratnesh in the past in
his constituency.

He said that the party also hopes to cash on the
sympathy for Tanya generated by the passing away of her
father.

For the BJP, its State President Prabhat Jha will be
camping in Jebera to ensure his party`s victory.

Jha told the agency that just as the party had won in Kukshi
and Sonkatch, it would sail through comfortably in Jebera
also.

Jha claims that the Congress has not done anything for
the people of Jebera while Ajay says that the common man is
disenchanted with the widespread corruption during the BJP
rule.

PTI