BJP Will Win MP Polls Despite Anti-Incumbency: Yashodhara Raje

The MP election is expected to be a direct tussle between the BJP and the Congress.

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It’s impossible to not talk about the royal family when it comes to MP elections. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, state’s Minister of Commerce, BJP leader and a member of the royal family of Gwalior speaks exclusively to The Quint on issues ranging from anti-incumbency to her relative and Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Madhya Pradesh, with 230 seats, is due to go to polls on 28 November 2018. This election is expected to be a direct tussle between the BJP and the Congress.

“Anti-incumbency is certainly a factor because people get tired of the same face whether it’s an MLA or an elected official for a district panchayat. However, love and affection for the honourable chief minister has not ended among the people.”
Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister of Commerce, MP
Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister of Commerce in MP Government
Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister of Commerce in MP Government
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Not in the Race to Replace CM Shivraj

On being asked whether she will contest the election on local or national issues, Scindia said:

“There is no local issue. Our prime minister and chief minister have run schemes for the last three to four years. I am contesting on the same issues. If all these schemes are reaching the ground then the face of the village must change for the good.”

When Yashodhara Raje Scindia was asked about the pre-poll survey results, the minister said the BJP will form the government in MP despite anti-incumbency.

When asked if she would accept the Chief minister’s role if offered, Scindia answered:

“I am contesting on behalf of Shivraj Singh. He is the chief minister. He has done a lot of work for the whole of Madhya Pradesh. It was initially a BIMARU state. From there he has taken MP to great heights. I am not in the race.”
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