Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia is still the Maharaj in this region and now he is facing an uphill task to preserve his family’s royal legacy here in the general elections.

Scindia’s major challenge comes from former Bajrang Dal president Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, who has been rallying against the royal family here for the past two decades.

The Agra-Mumbai highway that touches Guna constituency reflects stiff political battle. Whether it’s the major intersections of Guna town or the walls of kuccha houses at villages of this constituency, a ubiquitous poster-war between Congress and BJP is quite evident.

Scindia claims to have carried out development projects worth nine thousand crore in the constituency. Representing this constituency in the Lok Sabha for the last 12 years, Scindia is also bragging about the developmental works initiated during his late father Madhavrao Scindia’s tenure as an MP.

On the other hand, Pawaiya, who won from the Gwalior Lok Sabha constituency in 1999, is brusquely targeting the aura and wide scale repute of the royal family in Guna.

It is also whispered in the political circles that Madhavrao Scindia had shifted from Gwalior constituency to Guna because of thin margin of his victory over Pawaiya in 1998.

Trying to shape the general elections as a battle between the Maharaj and an easily accessible leader, Pawaiya is also relying on the NaMo wave to obliterate the royal family hegemony in Guna.

Recently, this wheat-producing region had to suffer the brunt of hailstorm, which spoiled the crops to a great extent. This has now become a major political issue in the rural as well as urban areas of the Guna constituency.

Protesting over state government’s inability to provide compensation to the farmers, Jyotiraditya Scindia is campaigning here with a black band tied on his arm.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other senior BJP leaders are accusing the Central government of adopting discriminatory behaviour with Madhya Pradesh.
In the assembly elections last year, Congress won five seats, while BJP registered victory on three seats in this region.

Shubhkiran Kiraar (55) bats for a change in the Central government, while Radhyashyam Dhakkad (68) is not able to digest Chauhan’s allegation that the Centre doesn’t provide any financial aid to the state.

Undercurrents of change can be sensed in Guna these days as 11 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha battle here, including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Even the royal family has seemed to take cognizance of the changing political state of affairs in Guna, which has in past elected Raj Mata Vijayraje Scindia and Madhavrao Scindia as its representatives in the Lok Sabha.

Therefore, not only Mata Madhaviraje Scindia but his wife and young son Maharyaman are also campaigning for him on the tumbledown roads in the constituency.

The four assembly seats in Guna boast of around three lakh youth voters, which can play a major role in deciding the fate of candidate.

Computer operator Rajesh Jain (35) and a travel agency employee Ramesh Jatav (37) advocate change of guards at the Centre but out rightly reject charge that Jyotiraditya Scindia hasn’t worked in the constituency, branding them political accusations.

Keeping reputation and respect of the royal family in mind, Shivpuri legislator Yashodhra Raje is keeping distance from electoral campaigning.


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