MP bypolls: Yashodhara, nephew Jyotiraditya Scindia hit hustings
Bhopal: As campaigning for upcoming bypolls to Kolaras and Mungaoli assembly segments has started getting intense, erstwhile royals--Yashodhara Raje Scindia of the BJP and her nephew Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress-- are trying to strike the emotional chord with electorates.
The outcome of the February 24 bypolls for the two seats, currently represented by the Congress, will be perceived as a pointer to the public mood ahead of the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections slated later this year.
While state Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Yashodhara Raje is seeking votes in Kolaras constituency by invoking the legacy of her mother late Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia, a formidable BJP doyen, Jyotiraditya is referring to his late father Madhavrao Scindia's contribution in the development of the area.
Kolaras and Mungaoli assembly segments are parts of Jyotiraditya's Guna Lok Sabha constituency. Yashodhara Raje hit the hustings with the promise of development and is appealing to people to vote for her loyalist Devendra Jain.
"If you vote for Jain, you will get 1+1 MLA (one for free)," she said during campaigning.
Jain had won Kolaras in 2008. However, Congress' Ram Singh Yadav snatched the seat from the BJP in 2013 polls.
Against this backdrop, Yashodhara Raje is trying hard to win back the seat for the saffron party.
Sanjay Sharma, a social worker based in Shivpuri-Gwalior who had witnessed elections in the area for the last four decades, said, "Normally, Scindia family members never campaign against each other and avoid face-to-face contest despite being in different parties".
However, a perception is growing that Yashodhara Raje and Jyotiraditya are campaigning against each other, in a departure from convention.