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gress is,” a se­nior party spokesper­son said. The fact that party vet­eran Digvi­jaya Singh is sup­port­ing Ka­mal Nath in the in­ter­nal squab­bling is an open se­cret in Con­gress cor­ri­dors. Though Singh has an­nounced that he is not a CM as­pi­rant, his sup­port is cru­cial for Nath to do well in the elec­tions as the for­mer Chief Min­is­ter is still very pop­u­lar among the party work­ers. Singh’s pop­u­lar­ity was am­ply ev­i­dent dur­ing the six-month­long Nar­mada Ya­tra that he re­cently un­der­took.

“It is ev­i­dent that Singh and Nath are work­ing closely with each other and Scin­dia is not a part of this group. How­ever, all three are ma­ture politi­cians and feel that the Con­gress this time has a very strong chance of cap­tur­ing power. Nath is fully ded­i­cated to win­ning the polls as he knows that it is his last shot at the CM’s chair, some­thing which he has al­ways wanted,” a Scin­dia con­fi­dant said.

With the Con­gress hop­ing of do­ing well on 130 plus seats in the 230-mem­ber Assem­bly, it will fi­nally de­pend on which leader has the sup­port of the max­i­mum num­ber of MLAs in the event of the party mustering a ma­jor­ity and look­ing for some­one to oc­cupy the cov­eted post. The party has given tick­ets to 52 out of its 57 sit­ting MLAs, while repos­ing faith in more than 50 can­di­dates who had lost in 2013.

“Rahul Gandhi has shown that he takes prac­ti­cal de­ci­sions and hence all the re­gional lead­ers are try­ing to en­sure that the max­i­mum num­ber of their loy­al­ists get tick­ets. If Con­gress passes the half­way mark and Nath has the sup­port of more than half of the win­ning MLAs, no one can stop him from be­com­ing the Chief Min­is­ter,” the party func­tionary said.

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