Cong has betrayed Maheshwar electorate: Jha

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh BJP president Prabhat Jha today said his party was confident of winning the June 12 byelection for the Maheshwar Assembly constituency as the electorate feels betrayed with the Congress MLA from there going to Rajya Sabha.

The confidence stems from the fact that the byelection has been caused as the Congress member from the constituency, Vijay Laxmi Sadho got elected to Rajya Sabha, Jha told PTI.

It is a betrayal of the electorate of Maheshwar who had elected Sadho for five years in 2008. Just because Sadho wanted to move ahead in politics, she resigned as member of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, after being elected to Rajya Sabha, he said, adding that he was hopeful that the people of Maheshwar would take "revenge" against Congress for imposing an election on them.

A similar situation had arose sometime back in the Sonkatch Assembly constituency when its Congress member Sajjan Singh Verma resigned after being elected to Lok Sabha from the Dewas-Shajapur parliamentary constituency.

The BJP had won the Sonkatch byelection as people there felt that Verma had betrayed them by going to Lok Sabha,k he said adding that he was strictly against MLAs getting elected to either Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha in the middle of their terms in state Assembly.

Whenever an MLA resigns from his post, the people of that constituency are liable to get angry as they feel that their elected representative has betrayed them, Jha opined.

Barring only one, the BJP had won all the byelections for various Assembly constituencies held since November, 2008, he said, adding that Congress had also fared badly in all the local body elections in the last three-four years. It would be very difficult for Congress to turn this around and go on to win in Maheshwar, he claimed.

Regarding the selection of BJP candidate for Maheshwar byelection in Khargone district of the state, the state BJP chief said a decision on this will be taken soon.

There could be many aspirants for getting a ticket for the byelection but ultimately only one person can be fielded by the party. Irrespective of who is given the ticket, the party will work unitedly to ensure his victory, he added.