The voters have already shown their trust in the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the last Assembly elections. Post poll surveys for 2014 general elections have also revealed that the people of Madhya Pradesh want to see the BJP come to power at the Centre. Fights in some of the constituencies in the state were very interesting and may bring unexpected outcomes as political heavyweights are involved.
Sushma Swaraj vs Lakshman Singh in Vidisha
In 2009, Sushma Swaraj earned an easy win after nomination papers of the Congress candidate, Rajkumar Patel were rejected by the Election Commission. This time she is facing Digvijaya Singh’s brother Lakshman Singh in Vidisha. Sushma, said unhappy with cornering of Advani by the party, spend many days in Vidisha and campaigned intensively.
Laksman Singh, who is confident of defeating Sushma Swaraj, returned to the Congress in January last year. He was elected as Rajgarh MP four times as a Congress member and once on BJP ticket. He joined the BJP in 2004 but was expelled from the party in 2010 after he openly criticised its the then president Nitin Gadkari. In 2009, he lost to Congress candidate in Rajgarh.
Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya vs Jyotiraditya Scindia in Guna
Even as Jyotiraditya is seeking to retain the seat for the fourth term, riding high on Modi wave, Pawaiya, is confident of ending the "palace rule" in Guna.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Congress candidate, is an alumnus of Harvard and Stanford Universities and belongs to the royal Scindia dynasty of Gwalior. He is fielded against BJP leader Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya who is an old rival of his late father Madhav Rao Scindia in Guna.
Pawaiya had challenged late Madhavrao Scindia in Gwalior seat in 1998 and reduced his victory margin to just 26,000 votes, following which he had shifted to Guna. Pawaiya has vociferously opposed what he calls "Mahal" politics.
Kamal Nath vs Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh in Chhindwara:
Kamal Nath declared assets totalling more than Rs 187 crore, making him the richest candidate in the state. Nath’s rivals, however, accuse him of buying votes and voters by spending lavishly in the run up to the campaign, and wowing the crowds with his helicopter sorties.
Bharatiya Janata Party is confident of giving a tough fight to Union Minister Kamal Nath on his traditional Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat, drawing courage from its performance in 2013 assembly elections in which it bagged four out of seven seats from there. The 67-year-old has defeated BJP rival Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh twice in the past.
The Lok Sabha polls Chhindwara has always remained loyal to Nath, who is winning from here since 1980 and later retained the seat in 1984, 1989, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009, except in 1996.