The nomination of four Congress leaders — regarded as strong candidates for the Lok Sabha election — to the Rajya Sabha has caused disquiet in the party rank and file. Congress secretary and sitting MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas Sajjan Singh Verma questioned the party leadership’s decision to nominate party general secretary Digvijaya Singh from the State.
“As per my understanding, the party high command’s decision to nominate Digvijaya for the Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh is improper,” Mr Verma said on Tuesday.
“He (Digvijaya) has the capacity to win Lok Sabha polls from Indore, Sagar and Vidisha seats… When 86-year-old BJP leader L.K. Advani wants to contest Lok Sabha polls, then he (Digvijaya) should also have adopted a similar approach.”
Another senior party leader from Madhya Pradesh told The Hindu, “At a time when the party is facing an uphill task, our best candidates should set an example by entering the electoral battlefield, not taking refuge in the Rajya Sabha.”
The leader was referring not merely to Mr.Singh, he said, but also to party general secretary Madhusudan Mistry (ex- Lok Sabha MP from Gujarat’s Banaskantha), and two sitting MPs, Sanjay Singh and Kumari Selja, all of whom have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha. While Mr. Singh is currently the MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur, Ms Selja — who resigned as Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment on Monday night — is the MP from Haryana’s Ambala. She has been a Lok Sabha MP four times.
Officially, the Congress dismissed the idea that such nominations were demoralising or causing panic among party workers.