As Politics Heats Up in MP, a Disciple is Set to Tackle His Mentor in a ‘BJP vs BJP’ Battle


Hoshangabad: Some of the attention-grabbing electoral battles in Madhya Pradesh meeting elections, there’s a digital BJP as opposed to BJP contest in Hoshangabad the place a disciple is taking over his mentor.

Sixty-seven-year-old Meeting speaker Dr Sitasaran Sharma of Bharatiya Janata Birthday celebration is pitted towards former BJP veteran and now a turncoat, Sartaj Singh, who joined Congress only a day sooner than the remaining day of submitting nomination over price ticket denial from Seoni-Malwa.

Latching onto the chance, the Congress fielded Singh towards meeting speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma from Hoshangabad, a constituency the place Sharma circle of relatives has been ruling for many years.


It’s relatively attention-grabbing that the 2, status towards each and every different within the upcoming elections, had been as soon as birthday celebration colleagues. It was once Singh who had impressed Sharma, a certified doctor, within the overdue 1980s to sign up for politics.
The 78-year-old Sartaj Singh has been a few of the mainstays of Bharatiya Janata Birthday celebration in Madhya Pradesh, who remained birthday celebration vp from 1991-1994, was once member of birthday celebration nationwide govt, was once a part of overdue PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 13-day govt as cupboard minister and was once in Shivraj cupboard until 2016 when he was once shunted on grounds of his age.

Singh was once at odds with the birthday celebration since then and was once mentioned to be in contact with the Congress leaders just lately.

Many imagine that in spite of Singh contesting below the Congress flag, it’s just about a BJP as opposed to BJP contest as each the leaders derive their power from the cadre of the saffron birthday celebration.

Each are identified for his or her down-to-earth symbol and powerful bonding with the locals.

Singh, who’s a local of Hoshangabad, went up the ranks in BJP together with his onerous paintings and grit trampling Congress veterans like Arjun Singh and Hazarilal Raghuwanshi, whilst Sharma inherited politics and gear as his circle of relatives has remained on the helm in Hoshangabad for a number of a long time.

Whilst eldest amongst 4 brothers – Kripashankar Sharma was once a bureaucrat and retired because the Leader Secretary, his brothers Bhawani Shankar and Girija Shankar additionally represented Hoshangabad in state meeting.

Girija Shankar who was once suspended from the birthday celebration for rise up in native frame polls in 2014 made a comeback to birthday celebration folds on Thursday and political analysts characteristic his ‘homecoming’ to the problem posed by way of veteran Sartaj Singh to his circle of relatives.

In the meantime, this ‘guru-shishya’ (mentor-disciple) struggle comes as an aberration for Hoshangabad, which has the popularity of wearing bonhomie a few of the staunchest political opponents up to now.

Senior journalist Rakesh Diwan who additionally hails to Hoshangabad claims the unsightly political contention had all the time been lacking from Hoshangabad the place a number of politicians didn’t contest now and then to keep away from severing private members of the family. Diwan recounted a well-known example throughout emergency when then MLA Vinay Diwan’s one of the most wards was once getting married and the guests had been amused to peer his staunch political rival and the then deputy meeting speaker Ramgopal Maheshwari serving meals to the visitors.

The custom was once additionally visual just lately when throughout nominations, each Singh and Dr Sharma met on the election place of job and the latter was once fast to the touch ft of his guru and political adversary to hunt blessings.

In the meantime, in spite of their amenable natures, each Sartaj Singh and Dr Sharma are anticipated to struggle teeth and nail to save lots of their political legacy.

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