MP local polls: Congress seeks affidavits pledging loyalty from probable nominees

Municipal elections will be held on July 6 and 13 for 6,507 wards and 16 mayoral seats across Madhya Pradesh.

Bhopal: Congress has been asked to file an affidavit alleging allegiance to the party even though it did not give a ticket to prospective candidates for the Madhya Pradesh municipal elections next month. Some of them filed affidavits promising not to leave or contest independently.

A large number of Congress workers are seeking tickets and there are three to five potential candidates for each seat, a Congress leader said. “… A person who declines a ticket is more likely to contest the election independently or on the ticket of another party. This affects the performance of the party… so the senior leadership has decided to ask for an affidavit from all potential candidates.

Municipal elections for 6507 wards and 16 mayoral seats will be held on July 6 and 13. All the current mayors of the state belong to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Bhopal’s potential Congress candidate said it was essential to prove loyalty to the party that defeated the BJP. “We have filed affidavits to instill confidence in party leaders …”

The Congress lost power in the state in 2020 after 22 Congress MLAs left and joined the BJP.

State Congress chief Kamal Nath cited the ticket demand and said not everyone gets a ticket. “… We must save our party, not the individual. We had to make such a decision to strengthen the party.

Speaking to BJP state chief VD Sharma, the move shows that Congress is afraid of losing more people. “After losing 28 MLAs [members of legislative assembly], Congress is nerd and doesn’t want to lose most of the leaders … so this loyalty has come with evidence. This shows that the party’s roots and ideologies are not strong enough to keep the candidate in the party.

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