For the first time in Indore, election clash between BJP and Congress supported “NOTA”

Indore (Madhya Pradesh). In the Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 13 (Monday) in Indore, political analysts are keeping an eye on the interesting contest between outgoing MP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Shankar Lalwani and Congress-backed NOTA. Declared Congress candidate Akshay Kanti Bam gave a big blow to the party and withdrew his nomination on April 29, the last date for withdrawal of nominations, and he joined BJP soon after. As a result, for the first time in the 72-year history of this seat, Congress is not in the electoral race. Congress has appealed to local voters to press the “NOTA” (none of the above) button on electronic voting machines to teach the BJP a lesson.

BJP has held the Indore Lok Sabha seat for the last 35 years where the party has claimed victory this time by a margin of at least eight lakh votes. BJP candidate Lalwani told PTI on Sunday, “Congress’s call in favor of NOTA is against democracy. Congress has given this call due to its plight in Indore. A total of 14 candidates including me are in the electoral fray in Indore. Voters should vote for the candidate they like best.” He said, ”NOTA (even after getting the most votes in the elections) cannot build any road, railway station or hospital. Congress should have extended its support to any candidate in Indore.

Even after the bomb was removed from the field, Lalwani continued his public relations and sought support from voters with promises of increasing the pace of industrial development of Indore, improving the traffic system and making a plan to deal with the feared water crisis in the next 20 years. State Congress Committee’s media department president Mukesh Nayak, while referring to the bomb’s change of sides at the last moment, said that the party was betrayed in Indore and “NOTA” is not a negative option at all as per the local election situation. Attacking the BJP, he said, “In the context of Indore, NOTA is a heavy slap which must fall on the cheeks of undemocratic people.”

District Magistrate Ashish Singh said that 2,677 polling centers have been set up for the elections to be held on Monday in Indore Lok Sabha constituency, which includes about 500 sensitive centres. He said that 75 percent polling centers in Indore Lok Sabha constituency will be under CCTV surveillance. Indore is the largest Lok Sabha constituency in the state in terms of number of voters. On this seat, 25.27 lakh voters will decide the future of 14 candidates, including nine independent candidates. Indore recorded 69 percent voting during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Then 5,045 voters had chosen the option of “NOTA” on this seat.

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