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Gwalior-Chambal loss: Yashodhara Raje Scindia targets Narendra Singh Tomar

The BJP won only seven of the 34 seats in Gwalior-Chambal region, against 20 in 2013.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 14, 2018, 08.11 AM IST
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Those who were decisionmakers (on ticket distribution) should be accountable and resign, said Yoshodhara.
BHOPAL: BJP’s Yashodhara Raje Scindia, who got re-elected from Shivpuri in MP, has attributed party’s defeat to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan “allowing other leaders” to decide tickets in the Gwalior-Chambal region where itfailed miserably.

In an apparent attack on Union minister and Gwalior MP Narendra Singh Tomar, whom she did not name, Scindia told ET that “those who were given the responsibility of this region should resign” and that she would have resigned if she was in their place. The BJP won only seven of the 34 seats in Gwalior-Chambal region, against 20 in 2013.

Scindia told ET that for the first time in 20 years, she was not consulted about tickets in the region. “In the end, Chouhan was not far off the mark –– at 109 seats, we nearly got there. If we would have performed better in the Chambal-Gwalior region, we would have formed government... I will communicate my feedback to BJP chief Amit Shah.”

“Why he did not allow himself a free hand –– I do not know because I was never consulted. If I was consulted for the Gwalior-Chambal region, I would certainly have helped in gaining traction for the party. I have been working here for over 25 years. I would have done things (tickets) differently. The loss in this region is not due to the Congress popularity, but due to the wrong ticket distribution by the BJP,” Scindia said.

Asked if her attack was on Tomar, Scindia said she would take no names. “But those who were decision-makers (on tickets) should be accountable and resign. It should be up to the party to accept their resignation or not but they should take moral responsibility and offer to resign,” Scindia said.

She said former minister Maya Singh’s ticket was cut saying she won’t win. “But everybody knew there were two more leaders in same area who would not have won –– why were their tickets not cut? I agree with the criteria that tickets of nonwinnable candidates be cut but I do not agree why this would not apply across the board then,” Scindia said.
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