In Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP has made a decision of nominating Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and this surprising move has made others including Tomar in confusion. Even after his long standing allegiance with the party, the decision to contest from the challenging Dimni constituency raised questions. While Tomar enters the Chief Ministerial race, the current Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is left in tension.
Media and political circles had anticipated Chouhan’s potential removal due to anti-incumbency, and Tomar was considered a top contender for succession. The two leaders, known for their effective collaboration, were compared to the iconic duo “Jai-Veeru” from the movie ‘Sholay’. However, Tomar’s candidacy hinted at a possible rift.
Complicating matters were controversial videos involving Tomar’s son, engaged in deals worth hundreds of crores. Despite dismissing the videos as fake, the BJP labeled them a Congress conspiracy. The videos surfaced close to the election day, creating a diversion from the Mahadev App betting scandal in Chhattisgarh.
Tomar, a low-profile leader, faced challenges in Dimni, a historically weak seat for the BJP. His delayed visit to the constituency, combined with the BJP’s previous losses there, heightened concerns. The presence of a strong Bahujan Samaj Party candidate added to the difficulty, as Tomar engaged in a direct contest with Congress candidate Ravindra Singh Tomar.
Between these difficulties, conspiracy theories emerged, along with few suggesting an inside job and some implications on central government. With the leaked videos, Tomar faced more tensions, not only impacting Dimni but the complete political arena.
During the elections, Tomar not only competed with the Strong Congress candidate, but also contending the influence of the BSP. The result left unpredictable and the videos and controversy gave an unexpected turn in Tomar’s political life in Madhya Pradesh.