NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the BJP will win all the 24 seats in the upcoming bypolls in the state and the presence of Jyotiraditya Scindia will be “significant” in helping the BJP to perform well in the bypolls, especially in the crucial Gwalior-Chambal region.

In an interview to ET, Chouhan said 22 of these seats are vacant because of the resignation of MLAs “who were victims of the corrupt Kamal Nath government” and said that people have seen that these MLAs and ministers left their posts because of the unfair treatment and insulting behaviour meted out to them. “Soon the state will witness the people’s verdict,” the CM said. BJP needs to win at least nine out of the 24 seats to remain in power.

Many of these bypoll seats are in the Gwalior-Chambal region. Chouhan said BJP always had a solid ground here with leaders like Narendra Singh Tomar and the recent entry of Scindia will strengthen the party. “He is an energetic, dedicated, and decisive leader.

He is a popular leader among the people of Chambal region as well as the people of MP. He and his family hold an old record of effective leadership in the Chambal-Gwalior region. Scindia’s presence is significant and this will certainly help us in the upcoming bypolls and we will perform well in Chambal,” the CM said.

Former CM Kamal Nath had recently told ET that BJP was very nervous about these by-polls and he would soon be back as CM after the by-polls. “Kamal Nath is a free man. He can have his own views and dreams, but the reality is different.

He should realise this fact that he has failed to fulfil the promises made to the people of Madhya Pradesh. He is being misguided from the beginning –– it may be because of his consultants. Congress is frustrated because of their failure, that is why they are making such comments. It can be easily understood who is nervous about the by-polls. The loss of power is unbearable for them,” he said.

Chouhan said Scindia has fought a long battle against injustice and corruption and “was not given a proper response when he raised questions on public welfare” in the Kamal Nath government. The CM alleged that Nath as CM was busy supporting events like protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act when Covid-19 was spreading.

“It was the internal clash of the Congress which led to all these consequences. People, along with Scindia, who left the Congress were feeling suffocated. Those who cannot manage their own house are questioning us. If Congress cannot resolve their internal clashes, how will they solve the problems of MP?” he said.

Congress has also questioned why MP does not have a full cabinet yet, alluding to the tussle between the BJP and the rebel Congress MLAs. “BJP is a democratic party. In such a situation, no question of tussle arises. We have already constituted a five-member cabinet. Once we get out of this corona crisis we will soon expand the cabinet,” Chouhan said.

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