THE SATRAPS WHO HOLD THE KEY

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KA­MAL NATH

Strength Has the im­age of some­one who gets things done. Nath also has the fi­nan­cial mus­cle to run a high-pro­file cam­paign. Has party al­lies across the state, but con­cen­trated mainly in the Ma­hakoshal re­gion where his LS con­stituency Ch­hind­wara lies Weak­ness Avoids Bhopal, and now with most time spent in the na­tional cap­i­tal, car­ries the tag of be­ing a ‘Delhi’ leader

JY­OTI­RA­DITYA SCIN­DIA

Strength Youth­ful face, and a ca­pac­ity to pull in the crowds dur­ing cam­paigns. Could swing the votes among the youth and un­de­cided vot­ers Weak­ness Ma­jor sup­port re­stricted to the Gwalior-Cham­bal re­gion. Will need to turn into a ‘peo­ple’s prince’ to dis­card his im­age of be­ing a priv­i­leged royal

DIGVIJAYA SINGH

Strength May have been CM 14 years ago, but still com­mands the loy­alty of the big­gest sec­tion of MLAs. Also has in­flu­ence in ev­ery re­gion of MP Weak­ness Ri­vals pooh­pooh his non-se­ri­ous na­ture. BJP rakes up bi­jli-sadak-paani is­sues from his reign the mo­ment he gets ac­tive in MP

AJAY SINGH

Strength The late Ar­jun Singh’s son has last­ing con­nec­tions with a large num­ber of party MLAs and lead­ers. Did well as rural de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter in the last party gov­ern­ment. Was in charge of the Vind­hya re­gion in 2013, Congress fared well Weak­ness His pro-Thakur im­age

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