Bhopal, Oct 15: Congress seems to be losing ground in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. Giving signals of infighting, senior Congress leader Digvijay has said that he will not campaign for the elections. His statement is being interpreted as all is not well between him and Kamal Nath and Jyotiryaditya Scindia. Sources say that Digvijay's popularity after Narmada Yatra has not gone well the other two. Many ticket seekers are also ignoring the other two leaders and visiting Digvijaya. Souurces say that that two have complained about this to the party high command. This irked Digvijay and decided to turn rebel. This is third major setback for Congress after Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav ditched the party for the assembly elections. His rebel tone came to light after a video went viral in which senior he is heard saying that his party's votes get reduced if he campaigns for it. The video was recorded on October 13 but it emerged Tuesday, the day when Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in the state to campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections. Significantly, Singh, the two-time former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, has been conspicuous by his absence in the programmes and rallies which Gandhi has been addressing in the state over the last few weeks.".. mera kaam keval ek. Koi prachar nahi, koi bhashan nahi. Mere bhashan dene se to Congress ke vote kat-te hai, mai jata nahi" (I have only one job, no campaigning, no speech. When I deliver a speech, Congress votes get reduced, so I don't go)," Singh is heard saying in the video.In the video, in which he is seen talking casually to party workers at the residence of MLA Jitu Patwari here, Singh also advises Congress workers to campaign for candidates wholeheartedly to achieve victory."Dekho, khwaab dekhte rah jaaoge agar kaam nahi kiya to. Nahi banegi sarkar agar aise kaam kiya to. Jisko ticket mile, chahe dushman ko mile, jitao (You will continue dreaming if you do not work. You can't form the government if you work like this. Even if the ticket is given to a rival in the party, you should ensure his victory)," he is seen telling the party workers.When contacted by PTI, Singh said the video was not being shown in a proper manner."It is not being shown in the right manner, especially the first part. If you hear the first part, you will understand it in a proper way," Singh said.However, later he repeated what he said in video. "This is the perception among people: Digvijaya Singh, Congress on his statement on "Mere bhashan dene se toh Congress ke vote kat te hain, isliye main jata nahi," he told ANI.The ruling BJP was quick to take a dig at the opposition party over Singh's comments, with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying the Congress should not treat one of its senior leaders in this manner."We (BJP) have not given him (Singh) this pain. It was given by the Congress itself. His posters are not being put up, he is not being given prominence," Chouhan said."I never imagined the Congress will treat one of its leaders in this manner. Congressmen should, at least, respect their leader," the chief minister added.State Congress chief Kamal Nath parried questions on Singh's video by saying, "I am not aware of the context in which he was stating this".Polls for the 230-member MP Assembly are scheduled for November 28 while counting of votes will be taken up on December 11.
News24 Bureau/ PTI