Indore: An intriguing battle is being witnessed amongst three Congress leaders of the Indore-5 assembly seat of Madhya Pradesh. Interestingly, even though two years are still left for the state elections, the three Congressmen are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to outsmart each other.

Congress leader Pankaj Sanghwi, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls and Mayoral election, has been quick to term himself as the frontrunner for party ticket on the Indore-5 assembly seat. In an effort to catch the attention of voters and party seniors, he distributed sweaters in the assembly constituency.

Minister of State for Health and BJP member Mahendra Hardia had won the seat in 2008 and 2003. However Congress MLA from Depalpur Satyanarayan Patel has also expressed his desire to contest from the seat in 2013.

In 2009, Patel was party candidate from Indore parliamentary seat against senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan. During the election campaign, the Congress had assured Patel to field him as party candidate from Indore-5 assembly seat.

Congress ticket seeker Raghu Parmar has also shown his strength before general secretary Digvijay Singh to put forth his candidature.

Judging by the activities, it appears that before fighting other political rival Congress will have to overcome the internal strife.

JPN/Bureau