The contest between the BJP and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh is set to go down to the wire with both the parties locked in a seesaw battle in the state.
If the Congress finally emerges as the single largest party and takes a shot at government formation, it will have to decide on who will be the chief minister of the state?
The party has two strong contenders in the state – warhorse Kamal Nath and Rahul’s young aide Jyotiraditya Scindia. Both have been at the forefront of the Congress campaign in the state and will hope to become the chief minister if the party wins.
As trends emerged, Scindia expressed confidence about Congress victory, but was guarded in reactions on the tricky issue of chief minister’s post.
When asked about posters being put up that Kamal Nath would be CM, Scindia said: “Lets not put the cart before the horse. Let us wait for the verdict.” He said the trends reflected the people’s desire for a change.
Kamal Nath, meanwhile, is a party veteran in the state, and may have good support of MLAs. Kamal Nath could also have the backing of Digvijaya Singh, a senior party leader and former chief minister of the state.