Bhopal, March 24: After the Indian National Congress on Saturday fielded Digvijaya Singh from Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal, there are reports that Bharatiya Janata Party is thinking of placing a strong candidate against the Congress biggie. According to reports, the ruling party is reforming its strategy and is likely to field three-time chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Senior Congress Leader Digvijaya Singh to Contest From Bhopal.
The Bhopal constituency has been a stronghold of BJP for nearly 30 years. The last INC leader to elect from there was former President Shankar Dayal Sharma, who was in 1984. From 1989, BJP's Sushil Chandra Verma represent it thrice in Lok Sabha. In 1999 elections, Uma Bharti was elected but had to quit after being named as Chief Minister.
The sitting MP is Alok Sanjhar. Earlier, for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, saffron party was considering BJP state general secretary VD Sharma and Mayor Alok Verma as probables for the seat. BJP Snubs Shatrughan Sinha Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Nominates Ravi Shankar Prasad From Patna Sahib.
Chauhan, whose government was displaced by the grand old party in 2018 assembly elections, has appointed himself as a strong critic of Congress. The three-time doesn't miss any opportunity to find flakes in Kamal Nath-led Congress government.
Earlier, Chauhan held Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency for nearly 15 years. After becoming the state premier, he shifted to Budhni constituency. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, accused in 29 September 2008 bombings in Malegaon, is also interested to contest against Digvijaya Singh.