Dr Prannoy Roy and other election experts take a look at poll prospects.
The Congress is leaving no stone unturned to wrest power from the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, which will go to polls on November 28. The party has been out of power in the state since 2003 when it was dislodged by the BJP. For the Congress, the trio of party leaders Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh is spearheading the campaign. The BJP is contesting polls under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is seeking a fourth term. On The Countdown, NDTV’s Dr Prannoy Roy and other election experts take a look at whether the BJP will be able to hold on to the state and speak to Congress leader Kamal Nath and Chief Minister Chouhan.
Here are the live updates of Dr Prannoy Roy’s election analysis:
Kamal Nath on whether corruption is an issue in these polls
I don’t see… This is the corruption capital of India. The corruption starts from the village and goes all the way. You have the mafia, the sand mafia, the liquor mafia, the satta mafia, the coal mafia, all controlled by BJP leaders.
Kamal Nath on the Vyapam scam
Every youth has been cheated, and 2,000 people went to jail who gave money. They did the wrong thing. They sold their jewellery, they mortgaged their land. They went to jail, their lives are finished. But those who took the money are the leaders and the netas.
Kamal Nath on why the Congress could not tie up with Mayawati
The number of seats they wanted and the type of seats they wanted, didn’t come to a winning combination… In fact, it meant gifting these seats to the BJP. So that’s why it never happened.
Kamal Nath on whether there is infighting in the Congress in Madhya Pradesh
I don’t think there is any infighting among the leaders. We have perfect harmony and co-ordination among ourselves. Everybody is on the field, everybody is making an effort, because the objective is the same. Everybody’s stakes are the same.
Kamal Nath on what went wrong for the Congress in last three Madhya Pradesh elections
“The first election that we lost in 2003 was because of incumbency of 10 years, which we had. In 2008, our organisation wasn’t what it should have been. One of my biggest challenges was that we build up this organisation, which had got more fat than muscle.”
The BJP has a bigger lead over the Congress among young voters than middle-aged ones, according to an opinion poll in 2014.
How the Hindu vote is divided between the Congress and BJP
The two dominant tribes in Madhya Pradesh vote very differently.
How the tribal and Scheduled Caste voters are spread across Madhya Pradesh.
This state is probably the most honest state. They tell you who they are going to vote for: Dr Prannoy Roy
Rural vote matters: Over 70 per cent of voters in Madhya Pradesh are in villages.
Here’s the voter breakup by religion and caste in Madhya Pradesh. Results of the Madhya Pradesh election will be declared on December 11.
How Congress would have gained from an alliance with Mayawati in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh’s three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the caste system: “The Bharatiya Janata Party has always been above caste, creed, community, religion. The party considers everybody as equals… Everyone is created equal in the eyes of God. Everybody is equal, there should be no discrimination.”
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on why the BJP has fielded only Muslim candidate in Madhya Pradesh: “It’s not as though the Congress has any more than us”.
“I would like to say that the tickets we give out are not distributed with the Hindu-Muslim angle in mind. The better candidate gets the ticket,” says Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
We have also passed a very tough law to deal with crimes against women, which leads straight to the gallows when a girl child is involved. So far, more than 14 people have been sentenced to death by hanging: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Where law and order is concerned, Madhya Pradesh was under the grip of dacoits – that has ended. The SIMI network was wiped out, and the Naxal movement has been kept out of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
We started from quite a lot further back and have managed to come this far. The per capita income has risen to 79,000. It is low, but this is after we increased it five-fold. We have distributed resources better to improve the lives of the poor and to bring development to them. By giving them various benefits, we have brought change to their lives: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
There are two fronts on which I still need to do better work. First, I need to increase employment opportunities. And second, the Congress had ruined education in the state. Regular teachers had been replaced by education workers. I have brought back the regular teachers, but this system has to be strengthened: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
I ran the government with the participation of the people. Made policies for them, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan in an interview with Dr Roy.
The alliance factor – how the results would have changed in favor of Congress, had it allied with BSP in the 2013 assembly election in Madhya Pradesh.
This is a BJP bastion. It has won it 3 times. It will be a fourth time. This is state is also very important for whoever wants to win Lok Sabha polls that follow. The margin between the BJP and Congress here was a 9 per cent vote difference. The Congress needs a 5% swing away from the BJP to win this time: Prannoy Roy
In the 2013 Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP won by a large margin.