Bhopal: Bagging three of the seven seats in Bhopal, Congress gave a sterling performance in the state capital, a traditional BJP stronghold. The saffron party always bagged six seats here, but this time two seats went to rival kitty.
Revenue Minister Uma Shankar Gupta lost to PC Sharma of Congress. The biggest victory was once again from Govindpura, where BJP candidate Krishna Gaur won and also made a record of sorts by becoming the first woman legislator from Bhopal. This is the first time that two Muslim candidates, — Arif Aqueel and Arif Masood have won from the city.
The weak and strong points
North: Fatima Siddiqui was not even a BJP worker and was an unknown face for most voters of Old Bhopal.
Southwest: Anti-incumbency wave blew against Umashankar Gupta. BJP workers were also not happy with his behaviour.
Huzur: Naresh Gyanchandani of Congress was an unknown face for the big Huzur Assembly constituency. A day prior to polling, a controversial audio of Rameshwar Sharma surfaced and Gyanchandani got an edge. However, he had no hold in Kolar area. Bhopal Central: Not only did his state of inactivity did MLA Surendranath Singh in this polls, but also his notoriety in the new city areas as ‘gumti mafia’! Arif Masood, on the other hand, had been actively cleaning up his radical image for five years.
Narela: Congress candidate Mahendra Singh Chauhan was almost unaware of the region till the polls. His opponent, Sarang, not only was active here, but was also successful waged war on resolving many basic problems of the area.
Govindpura: With an eye on the polls, Krishna Gaur had been active in the field for a long time. Congress candidate Girish Sharma could not establish his identity in ‘Gaur bastion’.
Berasia: BJP rebel Ratnakar couldn’t cash on the rural votes as there was no anger against the ruling party. So, votes went in Khatri’s account who mostly benefited from building a road from Bhopal to Sironj.
(Story by Kuldeep Singoria)