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Shukla factor may impact Yadav-Gupta contest

DNIND24411 | 11/9/2013 | Author : Ajay Pauranik | WC :426 | City-Indore

At stake, in this 'triangular' contest, is family pride of rivals

An interesting  triangular contest with family pride of two main rivals being at stake is on the cards in Indore -I segment.
After the last minute change of Congress candidate and nomination of Pradeep Yadav alias Dipu Yadav as  replacement of Vishal Agnihotri, political dynamics has changed in the contest.
The contest was already triangular as Kamlesh Khandelwal, husband of a Congress corporator entered the fray as rebel when Vishal Agnihotri was given ticket earlier.
The war of supremacy between Shukla and Yadav families of Banganga is a talk of the town for several years. Both are known for muscle and money power.
In Shukla family, Vishnu Prasad Shukla alias Bade Bhaiya was known for his proximity with national bigwigs in BJP since the time of Jansangh. His elder son Rajendra is a BJP councilor while nephew Golu is state president of BJYM.
Younger son Sanjay is also a councilor and an acolyte of senior Congress leader Suresh Pachauri.
Sanjay was eyeing a ticket from Congress in segment 1 while Golu was lobbying for BJP ticket. Both were disappointed and they seem bent on sabotaging prospects of present BJP and Congress candidates. It was evident in their ire in public.
While Shukla family enjoys support from Brahmins, the area is also known for having a sizeable number of Yadavs.
Members from Yadav family including KK Yadav (councilor) and Bante Yadav (former councilor) have long association with Congress. Kadvaram Yadav, younger brother of Bante, had contested last assembly election as a Samajwadi Party candidate but lost.
Now both BJP's Sudarshan Gupta  and the Congress's Dipu Yadav  fear sabotage from the Shuklas.
Presence of independent candidate Kamlesh is also giving sleepless nights to leaders of both parties. He has been active in social, religious and cultural activities during last five years and women from all age groups may vote en-mass to him keeping political affiliations aside.
Earlier, it was assumed that BJP candidate Sudarshan Gupta may have an edge over his rival candidate but the change by Congress has made a drastic change in political situation.
Unfulfilled desire of Shukla family 
From Shukla family, Vishnu Prasad Shukla contested election as BJP candidate two times against Kanhaiyalal Yadav and Suresh Seth from assembly constituency no 2 in 1985 and 1990 respectively and lost both elections. His elder son Rajendra contested from assembly no 3 against Ashwin Joshi in 2003 and lost.
In the last assembly poll in 2008, Sanjay Shukla was a Congress candidate from Indore-1 but he also lost with a big margin from rival BJP candidate Sudarshan Gupta

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