Bhopal: Victory in the June 25 bye-election for the Jebera Assembly constituency in state`s Damoh district has become crucial for Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh, but winning is equally important for the ruling BJP also, in view of the changed political scenario in both the parties.
If Congress wins the by-poll, it will give the party the much needed strength to take on BJP in the 2013 Assembly polls, but in case it loses the by-election then it will put question mark over the ability of the party`s new leadership.
In order to revive the party`s sagging morale, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has appointed Union Minister for Tribal Welfare, Kantilal Bhuria as the new President of the State
unit replacing former Union Minister, Suresh Pachouri.
"This is the first test for Bhuria, Leader of Opposition, Ajay Singh and senior Congress leader Harvansh Singh among others to prove their credentials in the state," a senior
Congress leader told reporters.
"The party under the leadership of Bhuria, Singh and
others is unitedly contesting the by-poll from Jebera and
retaining this seat will be a real test for this new team,"
former Union Minister and senior party leader Aslam Sher Khan
"The victory in Jabera will definitely boost the
party`s morale," he said.
After the Congress`s poor show in the last assembly
elections and various by-polls in which BJP wrested Kukshi and
Sonkatch seats from the main Opposition, the Congress high
command has appointed new leaders at the instance of former
Chief Minister Digvijay Singh to revive the party in MP.