Re­gal Move

India Today - - MAIL -

With the ap­point­ment of Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia as head of its poll cam­paign com­mit­tee in Mad­hya Pradesh, the Congress has en­deav­oured to of­fer a tough chal­lenge to the hugely pop­u­lar Chief Min­is­ter, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in the forth­com­ing As­sem­bly elec­tions (“The Royal Re­tort”, Novem­ber 4). De­spite mul­ti­ple chief min­is­te­rial as­pi­rants in their ranks, the in­cred­i­ble unity dis­played by Mad­hya Pradesh Congress lead­ers in sup­port­ing the new heir ap­par­ent, is the great­est strength of the party. Though it is a Her­culean task for the Congress to put it past the for­mi­da­ble Chouhan, the party’s cal­i­brated strat­egy to dis­pel BJP’S de­vel­op­ment myth, cou­pled with the im­age of young Scin­dia and the po­lit­i­cal legacy of his fam­ily, have the po­ten­tial to im­prove re­sults and cause ner­vous­ness in the rul­ing camp.

KE­SHAV PATHAK, via email

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