BJP, Congress leaders worry over sons — not partyNovember 9th, 2008 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, Nov 9 (IANS) Two senior party leaders, one of Chhattisgarh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)and another of the opposition Congress, have hardly any time to campaign for party candidates in the poll-bound state. The reason is they are confined to constituencies where their sons are facing an uphill task.
Sources say dozens of BJP candidates have dashed off request letters to the state party headquarters to arrange public meetings of senior party leader and former union minister Dilip Singh Judeo in their constituencies.
But Judeo is reluctant to spend time in campaigning for party candidates outside Chandrapur segment in Janjgir district where his son, Yudhvir Singh, is launching his political career.
Yudhvir is facing a tough battle against sitting legislator Nobel Verma, a joint candidate of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress. Verma is also the NCP’s state president.
The open protest by BJP workers at Chandrapur describing Yudhvir Singh an `outsider’ has made the Judeo’s task more difficult.
The constituency goes to polls Nov 20, along with 51 others, in the second phase. The first phase of polling for 39 seats will be held Nov 14. The state has total 90 seats.
Congress treasurer and former chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh, Motilal Vora, 80, is also not in a mood to entertain party nominees’ requests to campaign in their segments.
His son Arun Vora is the Congress candidate from Durg city against state’s cabinet minister Hemchand Yadav.
“Durg is the home turf of Vora and people have immense respect for the Vora family here, but the problem is people people don’t vote for them. In Nov 2003, Arun Vora drew huge crowds at his poll meetings but still lost to Yadav convincingly,” a Congress insider said.
Sources also said, “This time Motilal Vora is very cautious; defeat for his son yet again will raise question mark about his sway on his home-town and so he is more concerned about his son’s victory than the party’s overall performance.”