In Imarti seat, Kamal Nath’s comment ‘not problem’; voters flag dip in mandi charges, excessive energy payments


Written by Iram Siddique
| Bhopal |

October 31, 2020 1:52:15 am


At a mechanic’s workshop in Dabra. (Specific photograph by Iram Siddique)

Because the BJP performs up state Congress chief Kamal Nath’s “merchandise” comment in opposition to its candidate Imarti Devi within the run-up to Dabra Meeting bypoll, folks within the constituency rue lack of growth and lift points equivalent to crashing grain costs within the mandi and hovering electrical energy payments.

State Ladies and Baby Growth Minister Devi, who was among the many Congress MLAs whose resignation introduced down the Kamal Nath authorities, has received the seat thrice in a row since 2008, when the seat was reserved for SC nominees.

Towards the three-time MLA, the Congress has fielded Suresh Raje.

As soon as thought-about a stronghold of Narottam Mishra, now state House Minister, the constituency has 41 per cent OBC voters and 24 per cent SC voters.

Sitting exterior a mechanic’s store about 10 km from Dabra’s major chouraha, Sitaram Sharma, a rice farmer, stated he has been a “core BJP voter” on account of being a Brahmin — about 14 per cent of Dabra voters.

Sharma stated he would earlier vote for anybody vouched for by Mishra, “however not anymore”. Rice costs have crashed within the mandis and electrical energy payments have shot up, he stated. Having acquired Rs 60,000 in his account and Rs 35,000 in his spouse’s account as farm mortgage waiver after the Kamal Nath authorities swore in, he now desires the Congress again in energy.

“If the Congress returns, we are going to acquire. If not, we’ve got to endure,” he stated, including, “Chouhan is an effective man, however there was no work.”

The mandi in Dabra just lately noticed a protest by farmers after the paddy charges have been all the way down to Rs 1,300 per quintal. Subsequently, an FIR was registered in opposition to 113 farmers.

Neither Sharma nor Arvind Pandey, who sipped tea exterior a stall, really feel Nath’s “merchandise” comment will have an effect on their voting. “Ye toh bas ek hasi thithole ki baat thi jo neta apne aap mein karte rehte hai. Bas hogai. Wo koi mudda thodi hai (That was only a jocular comment leaders make. That’s no problem),” stated Pandey.

Pankaj Upadhyaya, standing beside him, stated, “The farmers are in horrible form. Half accomplished dams are mendacity abandoned and farmers are combating no water. Nobody is speaking about actual points.”

Picchora tehsil in Dabra has seen no less than three conferences by BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose rise up introduced down the Congress authorities. Farmer Dharmendra Baghel stated, “Maharaj (Scindia) mustn’t have achieved this… Ever since BJP authorities got here, the mandi has crashed.”

On the market surrounding Agarsen chouraha in Dabra, it’s enterprise as traditional. Paint store proprietor Anand Gupta stated he has been a supporter of BJP and residential minister Mishra, however now desires the Congress to stage a comeback. “The event in Dabra has not even been 25 per cent in twenty years. Mishra was a three-time MLA, however nothing occurred. Imarti Devi’s tenure isn’t any good both,” he stated.

Within the adjoining utensil store, Brijendra Aggarwal echoed Gupta’s view. Complaining about waterlogging throughout rain, his aged mom joined in, “The entire scooter is submerged. Not a single drain has been made right here.”

Aggarwal’s stated enterprise is gradual, first because of the lockdown and now as a result of he can not get inventory from Mumbai as a result of restricted rail site visitors.

Some, nevertheless, would not have a lot hope from Raje. “Kamal Nath did good work and had decreased electrical energy payments considerably however we’ll vote for Imarti Devi and BJP,” stated Raj Kumar Jain, additionally a utensil shopowner.

Mukesh Aggarwal, one other shopowner, argued that Dabra didn’t see growth because it by no means had an MLA from the ruling social gathering. “With the BJP authorities within the state, we wish to select a BJP candidate and see if there may be any change on floor,” stated Mukesh.

The each day hustle-bustle of the market was disrupted by the drone of the helicopter carrying Sachin Pilot and Kamal Nath for a ballot assembly close by.

With Raje standing beside him, Pilot urged the farmers to not neglect atrocities inflicted in Mandsaur and raised the Vyapam rip-off through the earlier BJP rule within the state.

Sitting at a close-by candy store, Dinesh Pandey, who claimed he’s a BJP employee, stated Raje will give a tricky battle to Imarti Devi. “Par sarkar to BJP ki hello rahegi.”

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