Utpal Borpujari

April 29, 2009

Chauhan, Pachauri fight it out in Hoshangabad through their proxies

By Utpal Borpujari in Hoshangabad

Rampal Singh vs Rao Uday Pratap Singh. Does not sound appetizing enough? Well, in this Lok Sabha constituency in central MP that for a long time now has been a BJP stronghold, it is not the official candidates who are fighting the real battle.

Instead, the battle royale is being fought in proxy – by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and PCC chief and former Union Minister Suresh Pachauri.

It is like this: Rampal Singh is a close confidant of Chauhan, and has in the past represented the Vidisha seat in Parliament, which has earlier been represented by the Chief Minister himself and this time is being contested by party stalwart Sushma Swaraj.

On the other hand, Uday Pratap Singh was given the ticket on Pachauri’s recommendation, after he himself failed to get the nod from the high command to fight from here after preparing since last three years to do so.

As a result, both Chauhan and Pachauri are taking it as a matter of personal prestige that their respective party candidate should win, and have put all their might towards ensuring that.

The competition between the two have become so fierce that all through the electioneering, the actual candidates were virtually pushed to be background, while their two mentors campaigned in virtually every nook and corner of the vast seat.


Going by the results of the last six Lok Sabha polls, in which BJP has maintained its winning streak, Congress, and thus Pachauri, seems to be on a backfoot. But being the PCC chief, the vocal leader who has been fighting his own battle of one-upmanship in the party’s state unit with the likes of Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia, he has not left any stone unturned to make a fight out of it in Hoshangabad.


In fact, Hoshangabad is one BJP stronghold where Congress is seen to be quite aggressive this time, unlike in most parts of MP where the party seems to be lagging behind BJP in the visibility quotient in a major way. Party’s star campaigner Rahul Gandhi too campaigned in the constituency a few days ago, holding a public rally at Piparia.


Interestingly, in the last Assembly elections, BJP had won all the four seats in Hoshangabad district, while Congress had got into its kitty three seats in Narsinghpur and one in Raisen districts that make up the Parliamentary seat. And this itself makes the Lok Sabha poll an appetizing affair, with both parties standing on an even keel, with their two state leaders facing each other – by proxy. Quite surely, the real winner here will not be the one who goes to Lok Sabha, but his mentor.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 23-04-2009)



  1. […] Original post by utpalb21 […]

    Pingback by Chauhan, Pachauri fight it out in Hoshangabad through their proxies — April 29, 2009 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  2. in the end of every thing pachori has won.this is the result…..and we know it very well and u also.

    Comment by Mahesh — June 3, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

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